Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmotherby Trisha Speed Shaskan
OF COURSE you think Cinderella was the sweetest belle of the ball. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you...
Children's Literature - Miranda McClainA talk-your-ear-off, head-in-the-clouds, compulsive liar, who foists her chores off on others is not what comes to mind when most people think of Cinderella, but most people are not her stepmother. In this story we hear the traditional fairy tale retold in a very non-traditional way, through the eyes of the stepmother. The story she tells is not vastly different from the original but it does cause one to rather pity the unwitting prince who seems to have no idea what he is getting himself into. When the narrator first arrives at her new home she is greeted by an extremely chatty "Cindy" and an awful lot of dust. Cindy proceeds to talk herself hoarse which is why she is forbidden to go to the ball. Young readers who are familiar with the traditional tale will definitely find this version entertaining, and readers tired of "the same old thing" will find this new spin refreshing. Readers who enjoy the twist on an old favorite are urged to envision other popular stories from a new point of view and a glossary and page with additional information at the back encourage further study. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
School Library JournalGr 1–3—These retellings of classic tales illustrate the concept of "point of view." They acknowledge and play on reader expectations: "People think it's easy being a giant." "The wicked stepmother? Not true. It's just another one of Cinderella's wild stories." Glib, colloquial texts and bright, cartoon-style illustrations create an ironic, knowing atmosphere. While it's an amusing trick, and makes a good teaching tool, the power of the original stories is lost in translation. These titles do not stand alone as literature as does Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs! (Viking, 1989), but will be welcomed in creative-writing classes. End matter includes questions on how point of view changes the story, suggested reading, and (somewhat vague) instructions for accessing more information online.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL
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