Fairy tales remixed
These new books take folk tales and a children's novel to very different places.
After Alice (William Morrow) by Gregory Maguire (Wicked) is the imaginative story of Ada, a friend who also takes a tumble down the rabbit-hole and ends up trying to rescue Alice from Wonderland.
The Sleeper and the Spindle (HarperCollins) by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell, is another of Gaiman's brilliant twists on classic tales, a dark mashup of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, with lovely illustrations.
A Wild Swan: And Other Tales (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) by Michael Cunningham (The Hours), illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, is a collection of short stories that offers sardonic, haunting and elegant answers to the question of what happens after happily ever after.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor