About this book In a hot country, ringed with mountains on one side and jungle on the other, lives a princess called Cinnamon. Her eyes are made of pearls, which means that she is blind. And, for reasons her parents the Rajah and Rani cannot fathom, she will not talk. So they offer a reward to anyone who can teach Cinnamon to speak. People travel from far and wide to attempt it, but nothing works. Until a mighty tiger, huge and fierce, prowls into their palace and announces that he is here to teach the girl-cub to talk ..... A mighty fable from Neil Gaiman, winner of the Newbery and Carnegie Medals, illustrated in vivid colour by up-and-coming talent Divya Srinivasan.
Reviews from Around the World Perfect ...short, sweet and simple. The kids were inspired to read more books after this story. Me and the wife were well into the read at its simplicity and message.— Bly118, Amazon
There's striking art and beautiful language in this tale about a princess in a lush South Asian setting. Some of the language in Cinnamon soars. The tiger is "huge and fierce, a nightmare in black and orange, and he moved like a god through the world, which is how tigers move."
Some questions remain. Cinnamon's blind, but it's the fact that she doesn't talk that drives the story. It's a bit unclear what motivates Cinnamon, both not to talk and then to change her mind. But the story is progressive in that it doesn't seek a suitor for the princess, and education and experience, not marriage, are her prize.
Divya Srinivasan’s gorgeous art lends the book a rich texture. Her fabrics and clothing are sumptuous, her tiger fiercely regal, and the palace and jungle strongly evoke the wild, beautiful setting, ensuring that readers are taken on a very satisfying journey. - Critic Review, Common Sense Media