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Joan Aiken's touch is, as always deft, witty and amusing and these spell-binding and sometimes haunting stories will delight the reader. In Quentin Blake's profuse colour illustrations he has found a style which surpasses in its evocative beauty even his previous achievements. Joan Aiken's touch is, as always deft, witty and amusing and these spell-binding and sometimes haunting stories will delight the reader. In Quentin Blake's profuse colour illustrations he has found a style which surpasses in its evocative beauty even his previous achievements.


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Joan Aiken's touch is, as always deft, witty and amusing and these spell-binding and sometimes haunting stories will delight the reader. In Quentin Blake's profuse colour illustrations he has found a style which surpasses in its evocative beauty even his previous achievements. Joan Aiken's touch is, as always deft, witty and amusing and these spell-binding and sometimes haunting stories will delight the reader. In Quentin Blake's profuse colour illustrations he has found a style which surpasses in its evocative beauty even his previous achievements.

52 review for The Winter Sleepwalker and Other Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    gülay Akbal

    yetişkinler için masal arayanlara tavsiye edilir. yalnız bizim dede korkut yada bizim masallar ile karsilastirmayin🤗

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kübra Yağmur Aslanhan

    Masal kitabı imiş ama çocuk kitabı olduğundan emin değilim. Çocuk psikolojisine dair zırnık fikrim olmasa da erkek kardeşime önereceğim kitaplardan olmayacak. • Sıkıntıdan, yorgunluktan ya da masal kitabı okuyor oluşumdan tam kestiremiyorum, esnemekten ağzım yırtılacak sanki. 😂 Bir de masalların hiçbirinde sonları beğenmedim.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Burçak Kılıç Sultanoğlu

    Yine güzel güzel masallar vardı:)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    A magical collection of short stories from the imagination of Joan Aiken who has long being a favourite author of mine. I own most of her books and could t resist getting this to add to my collection. Surreal and often hilarious fairytale styled stories with bizarre and unexpected outcomes. My favourite character was probably Mrs Hatecraft the witch who was an irritable and thorough miseryguts and lived in the middle of a Wood next to a bottomless dark pool which she populated with small boys who A magical collection of short stories from the imagination of Joan Aiken who has long being a favourite author of mine. I own most of her books and could t resist getting this to add to my collection. Surreal and often hilarious fairytale styled stories with bizarre and unexpected outcomes. My favourite character was probably Mrs Hatecraft the witch who was an irritable and thorough miseryguts and lived in the middle of a Wood next to a bottomless dark pool which she populated with small boys who she turned into geese.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Selcoline

    masallarda degisik bir tat vardi hem bugunden hem dunden biseyler, hem buyulu hem siradan seyler cok guzel harmanlanmis

  6. 5 out of 5

    W.B.

    If you are a hummingbird of fairy tales, here is your red sugar water. I suppose these tales were written for children, but they can charm adults too. I enjoyed every last one of the eight tales in this little collection. Joan Aitken was incredibly prolific and I find myself constantly adding more books by her to my library. Because she's never less than a great time. And they're usually very fast reads. Funny, acerbic and wildly-inventive are words that come to mind when I think of Aiken. You s If you are a hummingbird of fairy tales, here is your red sugar water. I suppose these tales were written for children, but they can charm adults too. I enjoyed every last one of the eight tales in this little collection. Joan Aitken was incredibly prolific and I find myself constantly adding more books by her to my library. Because she's never less than a great time. And they're usually very fast reads. Funny, acerbic and wildly-inventive are words that come to mind when I think of Aiken. You start to understand why Edward Gorey designed so many of her book covers. They might have been siblings separated at birth. They both had Gothic sensibilities invaded by a wild, 20th century humor. Now feel free to imagine the tale each of them would write about HOW they were separated at birth. It seems a suitable subject for both authors to tackle. They loved tales of childhood gone awry and the child hero appeared in the works of both consistently. I look forward to my next Aiken, whichever of the hundred or so titles it might be.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    Imaginative stories that tend to have some sort of a twist or something unexpected. Female characters are active and speak. There's a lazy falling into hetrosexual "happily ever after" trope, any young person in the book pretty much has to get married but there's a little bit of subversion even around the edges of that (too mild I thought). There's breaking down of other tropes- eg the "vain" girl is actually a nice girl but has some emotional boundaries, one of the marriages in the book turns ou Imaginative stories that tend to have some sort of a twist or something unexpected. Female characters are active and speak. There's a lazy falling into hetrosexual "happily ever after" trope, any young person in the book pretty much has to get married but there's a little bit of subversion even around the edges of that (too mild I thought). There's breaking down of other tropes- eg the "vain" girl is actually a nice girl but has some emotional boundaries, one of the marriages in the book turns out to be a bad idea and the woman needs a career instead...etc. The stories have silly anachronistic touches but that is all part of the fun and fits beautifully with Quentin Blake's illustrations. I think even though this book is more than 20 years old, kids now could still enjoy it, it's written in a simple, accessible way. I would have LOVED it when I was 8-10

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carly

    Wow, just wow! This is a really stunningly beautiful book that easily captures and holds the readers attention. Inside are 7 delightful short stories that are extremely imaginative and fabulously written! I loved each of them but my favourite would have to be Catch a Falling World because of it's funny little outcome! All of the stories are so different from each other, I loved the quirkiness but best of all I loved the illustrations! Quentin Blake's illustrations are easily recognisable because Wow, just wow! This is a really stunningly beautiful book that easily captures and holds the readers attention. Inside are 7 delightful short stories that are extremely imaginative and fabulously written! I loved each of them but my favourite would have to be Catch a Falling World because of it's funny little outcome! All of the stories are so different from each other, I loved the quirkiness but best of all I loved the illustrations! Quentin Blake's illustrations are easily recognisable because of his unique style, they are simply beautiful and tell a story all on their own! I'm not really sure what age range this book is aimed at but I would easily recommend it to adults and children alike. I read some of them to my 4 year old and she loved them! I definitely think this is a timeless book from a master story teller that will be read by people for many, many years to come! It's certainly one that I will treasure - a real keeper! http://fictionfascination.blogspot.co...

  9. 4 out of 5

    scarlettraces

    a note at the beginning says 'the stories in this book were inspired by a series of paintings by Jan Pienkowski' and they have the surreal, slightly disconnected feel of images rather than grounded, rounded stories. (not that this is a bad thing. it's just a thing, as someone said to me the other day.) the oddest one by far is 'Furious Hill' - i had to look up the origin story to work out what was going on, and at least i knew who the main character was. goodness knows what my niece, for whom th a note at the beginning says 'the stories in this book were inspired by a series of paintings by Jan Pienkowski' and they have the surreal, slightly disconnected feel of images rather than grounded, rounded stories. (not that this is a bad thing. it's just a thing, as someone said to me the other day.) the oddest one by far is 'Furious Hill' - i had to look up the origin story to work out what was going on, and at least i knew who the main character was. goodness knows what my niece, for whom this is destined, will make of it. (or she may be more up on scandinavian mythology than i was - who knows.) but they all have that distinctive Aiken stamp that's so easy to identify and so hard to replicate and i'm extremely happy that these collections have been reissued.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    These stories were definitely not as good as some of her other stories that I've read in the past, but many of them were very sweet and sad nonetheless. And of course they had the same fairy tale quality I've come to love in her short stories. Update: I initially read this book (borrowed from the library) when my daughter was a newborn. She's now 6 years old and she's come to love Joan Aiken's short stories just as much as I do, so I bought her a copy. I love each story in this book so much, I ca These stories were definitely not as good as some of her other stories that I've read in the past, but many of them were very sweet and sad nonetheless. And of course they had the same fairy tale quality I've come to love in her short stories. Update: I initially read this book (borrowed from the library) when my daughter was a newborn. She's now 6 years old and she's come to love Joan Aiken's short stories just as much as I do, so I bought her a copy. I love each story in this book so much, I can't believe I only gave it three stars once!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    I love the unexpectedness of the story lines. And Quentin Blake's illustrations done with coloured ink outline and watercolour wash. They are quite a wacky mix of contemporary language and traditional fairytale elements. You really don't know what to expect on the next page and any story could have a sad or happy ending in store... or just a crazy one. I love the unexpectedness of the story lines. And Quentin Blake's illustrations done with coloured ink outline and watercolour wash. They are quite a wacky mix of contemporary language and traditional fairytale elements. You really don't know what to expect on the next page and any story could have a sad or happy ending in store... or just a crazy one.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sean Harding

    Despite my protestations about Joan Aiken, here I am again reading another one of her works. Anyway this is an uneven collection of short stories, not terrible, but again not overtly memorable. I know I'll be back Joan will you make it worth it for me!! Despite my protestations about Joan Aiken, here I am again reading another one of her works. Anyway this is an uneven collection of short stories, not terrible, but again not overtly memorable. I know I'll be back Joan will you make it worth it for me!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josie

    A wonderful, whimsical collection of stories from Joan Aiken, who is an amazing storyteller.

  14. 5 out of 5

    lethe

    Sommige verhalen zijn geestig, maar alle maken ze een schetsmatige, onaffe indruk.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ümit Mutlu

    Joan Aiken'ın masalları, bu kez daha az masal, daha çok öykü. Ve kesinlikle daha komik ve nüktedan. Joan Aiken'ın masalları, bu kez daha az masal, daha çok öykü. Ve kesinlikle daha komik ve nüktedan.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gizem

  17. 5 out of 5

    Özgürcan Uzunyaşa

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Rae

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hassiba

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angeline

  21. 4 out of 5

    Helena

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nesa

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hilal

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Ayembee

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cans

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gill

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Simmonds

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chelle

  31. 4 out of 5

    Tresa

  32. 5 out of 5

    Didotwite

  33. 5 out of 5

    catastrophegirl

  34. 4 out of 5

    Vivek

  35. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  36. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  37. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  38. 4 out of 5

    Luci

  39. 5 out of 5

    Becci

  40. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  41. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

  42. 4 out of 5

    Toby

  43. 5 out of 5

    Yinzadi

  44. 4 out of 5

    Chyau-inn Tsai

  45. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

  46. 5 out of 5

    Anna

  47. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

  48. 4 out of 5

    Molly Makata

  49. 4 out of 5

    Christina Browne

  50. 5 out of 5

    Saifa

  51. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

  52. 5 out of 5

    Macs111

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