Illustrator Diane Goode puts a canine twist on the classic fairytale with her lavish, colorful illustrations. The book retells the fairy tale with a cast of dogs, creating a book that will please youngsters and dog lovers in any family. Diane Goode is a longtime illustrator of children's books whose credits include the Caldecott Honor Book Award for children's literature. Her whimsical, panoramic illustrations will provide hours of pleasure to young readers.
- Publisher's Weekly
As she did in The Dinosaur's New Clothes, Goode gives a familiar fairy tale an unexpected cast, this time introducing a pack of canines with a good-natured spaniel as the title character. The author interjects some witty wordplay (Cinderella's stepmother is a "well-bred" lady; and one of her mangy stepsisters scoffs, "Everyone would laugh to see such a dirty dog at the ball"), but it is the art that throws youngsters the juicier bone. Silly images abound: the nasty stepsisters, dressed in their finery with powdered wigs towering above their ears, primp for the ball; Cinderella's fairy godmother, a winged dog wearing a pink tutu, hovers above the ground; and the tongues of canine revelers hang out literally as the transformed beauty enters the royal ballroom. Goode works dog motifs into her luminous paintings with amusing frequency (dogs are featured on furniture and wall moldings, as weathervanes and statues and a paw-print pattern decorates Cinderella's wedding dress). This imposing heroine and the much smaller prince, a Jack Russell terrier, make quite the fetching couple as they celebrate their wedding at the tail end of this waggish volume. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Goode follows her recent foray into fairytales the lavish and chuckle producing, The Dinosaur's New Clothes with another winner. This time her palette is primarily pastels, although her interpretation of the ancient tale popularized by Perrault is equally kind and gentle. Cinderella, the pooch, is somewhat ungainly as both drudge and princess, but in the eyes of her much smaller suitor-prince, she is beautiful. So love should be. Readers small and large will enjoy the canine-themed sculptures and reliefs festooning mansion and castle, as well as Goode's other humorous touches¾banquet tables piled high with culinary concoctions of doggie bones, lavishly decorated gowns, and bed canopies embroidered with paw prints. The author was having a good time, and her audience will, too. 2000, Blue Sky Press/Scholastic,
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 4-Goode, who cast dinosaurs in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes," now makes dogs the actors in this version of "Cinderella." Though she does not acknowledge her source, her shortened, colloquial retelling follows Marcia Brown's free translation of Charles Perrault's story (Scribner, 1971). Dogs dressed as 18th-century French courtiers provide boundless opportunities for verbal and visual jokes. For example, the bodice of one stepsister's ball gown fastens with bones, while bones decorate her extravagant wig. She mocks Cinderella by saying, "Everyone would laugh to see such a dirty dog at the ball." The scenes of the gala feature a wild assortment of breeds, as well as an elegant wolf couple. The prince, looking adoring as only a canine can, is half Cinderella's height, not counting her wig. Goode dresses the animals in pretty pastel colors and displays them against buff stone architecture, carved with dogs in bas-relief. Librarians who enjoy the humor of dressed-up animals as human surrogates may relish the silliness and informality of this story, an irreverent contrast to the standard version. Traditionalists may find it all a bit arch and tedious, and will prefer Brown's classic for storyhour. Collection builders may want to add it to meet demands for comparative retellings of the famous tale.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
The year's umpteenth new version of Cinderella features an allcanine cast of diverse breeds, and just as the female lead towers over her diminutive prince, this stands head, shoulders, and brisket above William Wegman's oppressively mannered rendition (1993). Goode sticks closely to the Perrault/Disney tradition, fairy godmother, glass slipper and all, outfitting her ballgoers in elaborate 18thcentury dress and sending them to a grand chateau where couples can be seen chasing each other (sometimes on two legs, sometimes on all fours) through the gardens. Every scene is brightly lit, every longjawed face wears a smile, and the ultimately forgiven stepsisters are last seen giving Cinderella grateful licks. It's all perfectly fetching and not quite superfluous. (Picture book/fairy tale. 68)
Diane Goode says, "In this book I wanted to capture the feeling that there's a wonderful world waiting right around the corner. Since winning the Caldecott Honor for When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant at the start of her career, Diane Goode has written and illustrated such lovely picture books as Mama's Perfect Present and Thanksgiving is Here! Her son, Peter, to whom this book is dedicated, is now grown. The talented author-illustrator lives in Watch-ung, New Jersey, with her husband and their yellow Lab.