Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Childrens, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (40 pages)
Age Recommendation: 6+
Rating: 3 Stars
Review by: Astilbe

A talking tiger is the only one who may be able to get a princess to speak in this beautiful picture book set in a mythic India by the Newbery Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author of American Gods and Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman, and illustrated in bold colors by Divya Srinivasan.

This stunning picture book will transport readers to another time and place and will delight parents and children alike. “Full of Gaiman’s wit and whimsy, this one is great for reading aloud (and looks pretty lovely on the shelf as well). Gorgeous, with lush illustrations by Divya Srinivasan” (

Can a magical tiger accomplish what no human being has been able to achieve?

I couldn’t wait to find out why Cinnamon had never spoken a single word in her whole lifetime. There were a few different theories floating around in my mind to explain this by the end of the first scene, and I kept changing my mind about which one seemed most likely as the tiger attempted to solve this mystery, too. Cinnamon was such a quiet soul that I really hoped she’d eventually open up a little bit. If nothing else, I wanted to know what was going on in that beautiful mind of hers.

There was a plot hole in this story involving the fate of Cinnamon’s aunt. I can’t say much more about it without giving away spoilers, but I would have liked to see more time explaining what happened to her. She was an important part of the royal family, so it felt odd to me to see how quickly the narrator brushed away the details of what happened to her.

The talking tiger captured my attention immediately. I really liked the fact that the narrator kept this character so mysterious. It was the right choice for such a magical creature, especially since the author did eventually go into detail about Cinnamon’s backstory. Imagining where he came from and what might have happened to him after the end of the final scene going to keep me guessing for quite a while.

I’d recommend Cinnamon to anyone who enjoys fairy tales.


  1. I didn’t know about this book by Gaiman! Gaiman and I have a little bit of a love/hate relationship. I think he is a genius. BUT too much of a genius sometimes! I love his writing and characters but I have a hard time relating to his stories.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I only recently discovered this tale myself! Gaiman’s stories definitely do require a lot of thinking sometimes. 🙂

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