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Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier

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In Stephanie Barden’s The More the Merrier, middle-grade readers will root for Cinderella Smith the same way they do for Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody, and Clementine.
 
Cinderella takes on mean girls in the second book in the Cinderella Smith series. A clique has formed in her third-grade class, and they don’t want Cinderella in the group. Cinderella and her best friend, ...

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Overview

In Stephanie Barden’s The More the Merrier, middle-grade readers will root for Cinderella Smith the same way they do for Junie B. Jones, Judy Moody, and Clementine.
 
Cinderella takes on mean girls in the second book in the Cinderella Smith series. A clique has formed in her third-grade class, and they don’t want Cinderella in the group. Cinderella and her best friend, Erin, try to figure out what to do about the popular girls while making time to study for the big spelling bee.
 
Parents will appreciate the way the chapter book takes on the serious subject of bullying with a light touch, while emphasizing the importance of having true friends. The book also shows that studying pays off.
 
Engaging illustrations by Caldecott Honor Award winner Diane Goode bring Cinderella to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Patricia Reilly Giff
“Funny and clever! Readers will love this modern day Cinderella. It’s a delight…with the most satisfying ending.”
Seattle Times
“The sweet first-person narrator [and] black-line illustrations by Diane Goode add to the charm.”
Horn Book Magazine
“Cinderella’s bouncy energy, captured expertly in Goode’s emotive line drawings, is infectious…It’s hard to leave Cinderella behind.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Cinderella’s narration carries this early chapter book, and her upper-elementary woes are perfectly captured in her eager and personable voice… Goode’s energetic sketchwork adds to the spirited narrative.”
Booklist
Cinderella is back and as irrepressible as ever. A simple joy of a book, Barden’s story has given third-graders their very own hero whose final decision of inclusiveness is warming.
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Third-grader Cinderella Smith is experiencing growing pains. Rosemary T., who has been her neighbor forever, informs her that things like skipping, holding hands, and making up combination words are "immature." When Aunt Flora comes to stay with Cinderella and her sister while their parents are away, Rosemary T. decides that Aunt Flora is weird and may just be a witch. Cinderella and her friend Erin decide that the best way to deal with Rosemary T. is the silent treatment, but Aunt Flora helps the girls figure out that communication might just be the answer. The plucky heroine is right at home beside Judy Moody, Clementine, and Ramona. Quirky, but not over-the-top, her experiences are true to life and she remains comfortable in her own skin. Cinderella is an ally to the kids in her class, and might inspire some readers to speak up themselves.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Cinderella Smith knows how to spell and define many words, but sometimes the hardest word to understand is friendship. Third grade with beloved Mr. Harrison is "vexylent," especially when Cinderella invents new words and her friends begin to adopt them. But, alas, things can be "awshucksible," too. The Rosemarys are in her class and continue to make life difficult. They make fun of her words, visiting aunt, little sister Tess and just about anything else that Cinderella enjoys. When the reward for winning the school spelling bee (getting to choose the theme for a class party) is announced, the gauntlet is thrown. Cinderella and her crew do NOT want to have Rosemary T.'s "I Believe in Unicorns" party. Cinderella and best friend Erin will have to do a lot of studying. In between study sessions, the girls become increasingly irritated by the mean behavior of the Rosemarys and decide to give them the silent treatment, which ends in a very believable confrontation. Goode's appealing line drawings keep things light and help readers cheer for Cinderella. The invented words, the spelling bee and Cinderella's voice, which is maturing and becoming more likable, make this a great offering for youngsters who are figuring out the confusing social terrain of third grade. (Fiction. 8-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062004420
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 139
  • Sales rank: 782,753
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

In between tripping over abandoned shoes, chasing after escaped pets, and searching for lost belongings, Stephanie Barden wrote her first book, Cinderella Smith, which was followed by Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier. The author teaches classes at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where she lives with her husband, Tom; son, Joe; and eighty-pound lapdog, Otis.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    I looooooooove Cinderella Smith books.

    I LOVE THE CINDERELLA SMITH BOOKS BUT I HAVE NOT READ THIS WON YET.

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    Posted December 31, 2013

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    Cute cover cool book:)

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