by Emma Dodd

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A classic tale with a gigantic twist!

"Cinderelephant, make my breakfast!"
"Cinderelephant, mop the floor!"

Poor Cinderelephant! The Warty Sisters never say please or thank you (how rude!), and when she asks to go to the grand ball, they just laugh. "Whoever would want to dance with YOU?"

Little do they know, Cinderelephant has a Furry Godmouse on her


A classic tale with a gigantic twist!

"Cinderelephant, make my breakfast!"
"Cinderelephant, mop the floor!"

Poor Cinderelephant! The Warty Sisters never say please or thank you (how rude!), and when she asks to go to the grand ball, they just laugh. "Whoever would want to dance with YOU?"

Little do they know, Cinderelephant has a Furry Godmouse on her side! And with a little help... and the right pair of shoes... anything is possible.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Like Cinderelephant's huge slipper, subject and story are an unlikely but delightful fit.
Publishers Weekly
Dodd (Meow Said the Cow) proves there’s still plenty of life in the oldest of fairy tales. She casts elephants in both the lead role and as the prince, moves the whole affair into the modern day (Cinderelephant goes to the ball in a white stretch limo), and offers new criteria for a soul mate: “Prince Trunky was bored. He didn’t want to dance with any of the girls—he was worried they might get squashed! If only he could find someone a bit more his type.” There are plenty of visual and verbal jokes—housework is still a chore, even with a vacuum cleaner and washing machine; the heroine’s warthog cousins (standing in for stepsisters) meanly call her “Cinder-irrelevant”—but this is no mere spoof. In fact, the book exudes a palpable sense of an author connecting with her heroine’s loneliness and yearnings, while loving every inch of Cinderelephant’s plus-plus-plus-size body. That’s right, it takes a pachyderm Cinderella—and an artist of Dodd’s caliber—to encapsulate this familiar character’s full humanity. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
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"Dodd's rhymes bounce along blithely, combined with bold digital illustrations of alarmed-looking animals with textural fur, wool, and feathers that bleed past their thick outlines.... [T]he gag of mixed-up animal sounds will likely keep readers laughing until the cows come home." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"The book demands to be read aloud so children can join in the cacophony -- and with this book, they will learn the meaning of the word. Even Old MacDonald will applaud this edgy addition to the canon of books about mixed-up animal sounds." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS

"A mischievous and inexplicably magical cat, irritated by the barnyard cacophony, robs the rooster of his cock-a-doodle-doo. Soon, the rooster squeaks and the pigs cluck, as all the animals and their customary noises are switched around... [M]ixing things up... makes learning animal sounds considerably more entertaining." -- NEW YORK TIMES

"The rollicking text is paired with large, colorful digitally produced art that has the kinetic animals fairly popping off the spreads as they figure a way out of their dilemma. Varied perspectives keep the action going, and the text is integrated flawlessly into the art.... [Y]oung readers will appreciate the frolic and fun and the saucy cat's comeuppance at the end." -- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
On the first read through, this iteration of the Cinderella story did not seem anything special. But subsequent readings brought to light its humor and the real message of the story, which is everyone is special and good things can happen if you but dream. Rather than living with mean, slovenly and rude stepsisters, Cinderelephant lives with her two selfish, crude and rude cousins, the Warty Sisters. When the warthogs dress up in their finery and prance off to the Ball, Cinderelephant's tears roll down her trunk and almost drown her Furry Godmouse come to make her beautiful for the Ball. Naturally, Prince Trunky is overjoyed to see someone his size with whom to dance and not worry about squashing his partner. This rest of the story enfolds with the usual bits: midnight departure leaving a shoe behind; Prince Trunky's search for its owner, marriage and living happily ever after. Of course Ms. Dodd's illustrations are wonderful, with such images as Cinderelephant trying to squeeze her very large—shall we say enormous—self into the back of a stretch limo, with the Zebra chauffeur slyly grinning as he holds the door. Older children will enjoy the twists and humor of this version of a tried and true tale. Younger children will enjoy the silliness and their parents will enjoy a new version of an old favorite. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—In this fractured fairy-tale version of "Cinderella," the heroine and royal family are elephants, the mean relatives are warthogs, and the guests at the ball are a veritable zoo. The fairy godmother is the Furry Godmouse, one of the groan- or giggle-inducing puns sprinkled throughout the story. Most of the traditional plot elements remain unchanged-the magical transformation, the ball, the happily-ever-after with the prince-but the fancy carriage is a limo, and the slipper is too large for everyone except Cinderelephant. Digitally rendered cartoon illustrations pop with bold black outlines and contrasting bright colors and textures. Spreads amply accommodate the sizable protagonist, adding visual humor to the story. As Cinderelephant squeezes her derriere into the limo, the Furry Godmouse's line reads, "enjoy yourself…but, and it's a big but." Cinderelephant's pink dress and pink, glittery shoes are sure to attract fans of Pinkalicious and Fancy Nancy. It's a fun though less-innovative retelling than Tony Johnston's Bigfoot Cinderrrrrella (Putnam, 1998) or Ellen Jackson's Cinder Edna (HarperCollins, 1994).—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
An extra-large take on the classic fairy tale. The Warty Sisters, Cinderelephant's warthog cousins, work the poor elephant mercilessly--in the first illustration, she has a pot handle in one hand and a mop in the other, and there's an iron at the end of her trunk--and leave her sad and lonely when they depart for Prince Trunky's ball. But a swish of her Furry Godmouse's tail instantly transforms Cinderelephant's clothes and makes a limo appear. Of course, she becomes the belle of the ball, as Prince Trunky is afraid of squashing the other, smaller guests. Indeed, synonyms for "large" dot the text. Some wordplay will go right over readers' heads: "Cinder-irrelevant!" But other instances will be in tune with a kid's sense of humor, as when the Furry Godmouse tells Cinderelephant to have a good time, but, "and it's a big but." This is juxtaposed with an illustration of Cinderelephant's huge derrière as she bends down to get into the white stretch limo. Unfortunately, though, while the illustrations have moments of humor, they don't otherwise stand out; despite Dodd's oversized subject, the details often get lost in the digital artwork, and the sparkly cover, while it may attract readers, isn't enough to keep them coming back. And why, with all the possibilities available to her, does Dodd limit herself to names so unfunny and -punny? Other fractured versions are funnier, while many straightforward versions are far more beautiful; opt for them. (Fractured fairy tale. 4-7)

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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Dodd has illustrated many books for children, including MEOW SAID THE COW, WHAT PET TO GET? and the Dot and Dash series. She lives in Surrey, England, with her family.

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