Cinderellaphant

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With her trademark wit and humor, Dianne de Las Casas transports readers to an animal kingdom far, far away, where the pretty pachyderm, Ellaphant, is quickly transformed into the cinder girl of fairy-tale fame by her unkind stepmother and two awful step-hippos. Taunted and forced to scrub the floors, poor Cinderellaphant tirelessly trudges through her chores, often feeling irrelephant and always dreaming of something better.

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Overview

With her trademark wit and humor, Dianne de Las Casas transports readers to an animal kingdom far, far away, where the pretty pachyderm, Ellaphant, is quickly transformed into the cinder girl of fairy-tale fame by her unkind stepmother and two awful step-hippos. Taunted and forced to scrub the floors, poor Cinderellaphant tirelessly trudges through her chores, often feeling irrelephant and always dreaming of something better.

When the invitations to the Royal Ball arrive, Cinderellaphant is ecstatic! Unfortunately, her stepmother has given her the lion's share of chores to complete, and her party dress doesn't fit. It seems as if her hopes will be dashed. Then, with a swish and a swirl, fate smiles upon her, and Cinderellaphant receives a bit of help from her fairy godmouse. She wins her chance to dance with the prince! Will it be all that she anticipates?

Stefan Jolet's whimsical drawings of a royal roan, a baboon band, and festooned raccoons draw out the humor in this adaptation of a traditional fairy tale. While elephants never forget, it's the prince who can't get Cinderellaphant out of his head as he uses her gargantuan glass slipper to find his sole mate.

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, and founder of Picture Book Month, an international literacy initiative celebrating the print picture book each November. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus as well as from parents, children, librarians, educators, and fellow authors across the globe. Like Cinderellaphant, she loves bling and fabulous footwear! de Las Casas resides in the New Orleans area with her wonderfully creative family.

Other books by Dianne de Las Casas:

Cool Kids Cook: Fresh & Fit (co-author)
The House That Santa Built
The Little "Read" Hen
Cool Kids Cook: Louisiana (co-author)
Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear!
Dinosaur Mardi Gras
Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate
The House That Witchy Built
There's a Dragon in the Library
The Gigantic Sweet Potato
Mama's Bayou
Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach
The Cajun Cornbread Boy

Stefan Jolet has had a passion for art since he was a young boy in New Iberia, Louisiana. He has been a graphic designer and illustrator for almost two decades. A self-taught artist, Jolet has designed and created promotional materials, but it was his love of children's literature that led him to illustrate picture books and apps. His favorite song by Baboon 5 is "Moves Like Jaguar." Jolet is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his family.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
K-Gr 2—In this reworking of "Cinderella," the heroine is a "pretty pachyderm" who ends up "hoofily ever after" with a zebra prince. De Las Casas sprinkles her version with plenty of alliteration and wordplay (e.g., Cinderellaphant "often felt irrelephant") but closely follows the traditional plot. Jolet's digital art will appeal to young readers who gravitate toward colorful, modern imagery. His Cinderellaphant has cool teal skin, purple hair, and expressive eyes. Although the illustrations are geared toward primary grade audience, the text is full of cultural references and puns—like a line about "junk in this trunk" and a joke about an "elephant in the room"—that seem more appropriate for older readers. It will be hard to find an appreciative audience for this one.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455619009
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/15/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,371,839
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dianne de Las Casas is an award-winning author, storyteller, recording artist, and founder of the celebrated November Is Picture Book Month initiative. She hunts and pecks a good story everywhere she goes. Her work has earned rave reviews from School Library Journal, Booklist, and Kirkus. She performs worldwide at schools, conferences, and special events and is the author of many picture books with Pelican, including Mama's Bayou, The House That Witchy Built, and Blue Frog: The Legend of Chocolate. She lives with her family in Harvey, Louisiana.

Stefan Jolet grew up in the culturally rich Cajun community of New Iberia, Louisiana. He began drawing at the tender age of four, and his graphic arts career has spanned nearly two decades. Jolet is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and resides in Youngsville, Louisiana, with his family.

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