We are posting book reviews about all of the long listed books, let us know your thoughts on each of these amazing titles.
The Sleeper and the Spindle illustrated by Chris Riddell, written by Neil Gaiman
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems. Chris Riddell’s unique style shines through in this black and white illustrated tale. The hints of gold bring this story to life. The recurring motifs and intricate details, really does make this book outstanding.
The Bolds illustrated by David Roberts, written by Julian Clary
Mr and Mrs Bold are just like you and me: they live in a nice house (in Teddington), they have jobs (like writing Christmas cracker jokes) and they love to have a bit of a giggle. One slight difference: they’re hyenas. Yes, that’s right – they’re covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh.
So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington’s best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think?
These wonderful illustrations are scattered throughout the book, add another depth to this very amusing text. The pay print page numbers are a brilliant touch.
You can borrow these books from our libraries, so check out our catalogue to see if it’s in a library near you: http://bit.ly/1zSCJlf