Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.



4.3 7
by Frances Minters, G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)

See All Formats & Editions

A lively new twist on an old familiar fairy tale

Readers young and old will enjoy this fresh look at the age-old tale in which an urban-dwelling Cinder-Elly used the help of a trash can, a copy machine, and even a glass sneaker to find her Prince Charming. With a jazzily rhthmic, rhyming text and quirky, funny illustrations, this version of hte familiar favorite is


A lively new twist on an old familiar fairy tale

Readers young and old will enjoy this fresh look at the age-old tale in which an urban-dwelling Cinder-Elly used the help of a trash can, a copy machine, and even a glass sneaker to find her Prince Charming. With a jazzily rhthmic, rhyming text and quirky, funny illustrations, this version of hte familiar favorite is irresistible.

:This ultracool version of the fairy tale . . . updates the classic with singular flair."--Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This ultracool version of the fairy tale, set in Manhattan, updates the classic with singular flair. Taking current family trends into account, debut picture-book author Minters casts no aspersions on stepmothers and supplies her heroine with a largely absent mother. Cinder-Elly's elder sisters, on the other hand, dish out a full complement of scorn. There is indeed a ball--basketball--and a godmother provides Elly with a groovy pair of glass high-tops to wear to the big game. Naturally, ace hoop-shooter Prince Charming becomes smitten with Elly, loses track of her when the 10 p.m. witching curfew rolls around, then posts flyers advertising the shoe she leaves behind. Nearly every spread features six four-line stanzas, and rarely do the rhymes miss a beat. Lots of quotes enliven the verse, although it's occasionally hard to identify the speaker. Karas ( Into This Night We Are Rising ) doodles people, city buildings and objects in the margins; the cartoon figures interject lighthearted, childlike comments (after Godma costumes Elly, one of the extras says, ``You look great, El!''). Collages, wild patterns and funky fashions mimic music videos and build up the snazzy urban setting. An ideal match of artist and author. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this rap version of the traditional tale, Elly is the overworked younger sister of a family in New York City. She works doing chores all day and her mean sisters treat her terribly. One day, they all win tickets to a basketball game, in which Prince Charming is playing. Determined to win the Prince for themselves, the sisters go shopping for new clothes. Depressed and with nothing to wear, Elly has a surprise visit from her godmother, who gives her a new outfit and glass sneakers and changes a nearby trashcan into a bike. When Elly reaches the game on her new wheels, she loudly cheers for Prince Charming, her favorite basketball player. After the game, she meets up with Prince Charming, but her deadline of 10:00 p.m. comes sooner than she thinks. During her quick departure, she loses one glass sneaker. Distraught over the sudden disappearance of this beautiful girl, Prince Charming distributes flyers about the glass sneaker all over town. After looking high and low for Elly, he eventually finds her and treats her to a "happy ending."
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-An annoying hodgepodge of stilted, cloying verse; a modern New York City setting; and traditional elements. But each of those elements is not quite what it should be. The sisters are cruel for no apparent reason (they're not even step-sisters), and Cinder-Elly inexplicably submits to their abuse. There's also a Prince Charming who is a basketball player and a glass sneaker instead of a slipper. The three girls are all invited to one of his games and there's really nothing stopping Cinder-Elly from going-her sisters are walking; so why can't she? Her ``Godmother'' appears and transforms her clothing into a new outfit, even though she looked just fine before. Prince notices her because she catches a flyaway ball and throws it back to him; he asks her out for a pizza. There are the expected problems with time running out and the search for the owner of the glass sneaker. And yes, ``everyone lived/Forever happy.'' Flat, modern watercolors try their best to add to the hip feeling this story tries to portray, but they are often as cluttered as the text. A jumbled path that leads nowhere.-Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Edition description:
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Frances Minters is the author of several books for young readers, including Cinder-Elly, Sleepless Beauty, and Princess Fishtail. She lives in New York, NY.

G. Brian Karas has illustrated numerous picture books, including Atlantic and On Earth, which he also wrote. He lives in New York's Hudson Valley. Learn more about him at www.gbriankaras.com.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Cinder-Elly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy liked this book because it is a modern version of Cinderella. In this book Elly is a sister of three who does all the chores around the house. Then one day she and her two sisters are invited to a basketball game, but her sisters don't let her go. Then once the sisters are gone Elly's fairy god-mother comes and makes her beautiful. During the game Elly meets the cutest and best player on the home team, Prince. After the game Elly and Prince are to go on a date, but when Prince is getting ready Elly's magic wears off. To find out how this book ends read it for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the book Cinder-Elly. It has good illustrations and a very good and sometimes funny story. I liked this book because it was kind of a modern day Cinderella instead of the usual classic Cinderella with three step-sisters instead of two sisters in this book. Cinder-Elly is written by:Frances Minters and is recomended for ages 5-10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cinder-Elly is about a girl who is treated unequally. Her sisters give her lots of work. Then one day all three of the sisters get invited to go to a basketball game, but Cinder-Elly does not get to go because she is too little. Then her fairy godmother comes and gives her nice clothes and a bike to go to the baketball game. She sees a guy named Prince. Prince gets hit by a big guy and loses the ball. Cinder-Elly gets the ball. After the game Cinder-Elly and Prince go on a date but the magic runs out and Cinder-Elly runs home and her slipper falls off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is about girl who lives in New York City with her parents and her two nasty sisters. While they watch T.V they make Elly do all of the work for them.One day the three girls got an invatation to see a basketball game.The two nasty sisters want to go shop for clothes.Elly wants to go but her parents say, 'Let your older sisters go'. On the night of the game Elly just sat at her house. All of a sudden Elly's fairy godmother showed up. She changes Elly's clothes to a wonderful skirt and beautiful glass sneakers. She changed a garbage can into a bike and Elly pedalled off to the game. At the game Prince Charming made a shot and Elly reached out and caught the basketball. Prince Charming tells Elly to wait after the game. Elly notices that it was midnight and she had to leave but Elly leaves behind a glass sneaker. Will Prince Charming find Elly? Find out and read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I realy liked the way Cinder-Elly and Prince Charming met at a basketball game. I thought that was very creative. I also liked the way the author made every statement rhyme. Cinder-Elly is very different from other Cinderella books because of the way she meets prince charming,the time runs out and how Cinder-Elly has to leave the game without magic. I think this book was very well written and illustrated.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cinder-Elly is about a young girl and her two step sisters. They use the girl for work and chores, but when the girls find out they are invited to a basketball game, starring the famous prince. Cinder-Elly really wants to go. To find out what happens next you'll have to read this book. This story takes place when peace signs and hip music were big. It is interesting to see what the characters in the book wear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very funny and modern day cinderella. It is simply stupendous.The story is about Cinder-elly who is invited to a basketball game and her sisters said that she can't go because she dosen't have anything good to wear and no way to get there.