Snow, Glass, Apples

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Fairy tale favorite gets dark, violent, sexy makeover.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Snow, Glass, Apples offers the chance to talk about how old stories can be retold into something new.

Positive Messages

Beware naked young women who approach you in the woods.

Positive Role Models

The queen loves the king and tries to please and protect him, but there are strong forces in opposition to them.


Violent scenes throughout the book. Characters are bitten and fed upon, beheaded, burned in a furnace, and have their heart cut out.


Characters are depicted naked during sex, without their genitals exposed. Phallic imagery permeates the backgrounds. Intercourse, oral sex, erectile dysfunction, and the suggestion of necrophilia are all mentioned/shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Snow, Glass, Apples is a graphic novel adaptation of a short story by Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book), Illustrated by Colleen Doran, that retells the story of Snow White from the viewpoint of the "evil" stepmother. Very much for older, sophisticated readers, the book features nudity, lovemaking, and discussions of intercourse, oral sex, and erectile dysfunction. Violent scenes include a beheading, a character having her heart cut out, and a character being burned alive. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLaurenColsby October 9, 2019

Different Perspective

Not a horrible book for children overall, and if your child is exceptionally mature before the age of 14 I think that it would be perfectly fine for them to rea... Continue reading
Adult Written bycmadler August 18, 2020

Beautiful illustrations, creepy story, not for kids!

It's a creepy retelling of "Snow White" by Neil Gaiman, beautifully illustrated by Colleen Doran. It also includes graphic violence, explicit sex... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written bylizzyg January 20, 2021


I'm 17 so I'm treading the line between adult and kid and this is not meant for kids. The prince is a creep who sleeps with the Queen to catch her. Sn... Continue reading

What's the story?

As SNOW, GLASS, APPLES opens, the King takes a beautiful new lover and makes her his queen. Gradually, the King and the kingdom wither away, and the Queen suspects it has something to do with her stepdaughter, a strange young woman with sharp teeth. As those she loves grow weaker, the Queen decides upon a drastic course of action, one that will reverberate across the years.

Is it any good?

Everyone thinks Snow White is a folktale hero, but this erotically charged retelling shows her darker side. Neil Gaiman tells the tale from the perspective of the wicked witch, who struggles mightily to protect her king and their subjects from a strange, blood-drinking little girl. Sensitive readers may be overwhelmed by Colleen Doran's erotic artwork and by frank discussions and depictions of sex. Older, more sophisticated readers may appreciate the intricacies of the art and prose and be chilled by the ending. Gaiman and Doan are a formidable artistic team, and Snow, Glass, Apples finds them in top form.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Snow, Glass, Apples makes an old story new. Why do readers remain interested in old folktales and myths?

  • How do some people use sex to gain power over others? How is sex depicted on television and in the movies?

  • Why is it important to maintain control of your own personal story? What happens when you let someone else tell your story?

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