Cinderella Skeleton

Cinderella Skeleton

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Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers--certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152050696
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 147,405
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

ROBERT D. SAN SOUCI is a renowned storyteller whose folktale retellings include The Talking Eggs and The Faithful Friend, both Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Books. He lives in San Francisco, California.

DAVID CATROW has illustrated many books for children, including Don't Take Your Snake for a Stroll by Karin Ireland and The Emperor's Old Clothes by Kathryn Lasky. He lives in Springfield, Ohio.

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"Fabulous art by Catrow and clever verse by San Souci . . . this version is not for the faint of heart!"—San Francisco Chronicle

"A Cinderella story that girls and boys will love."—Publishers Weekly

[star] "Hysterically funny."—Kirkus Reviews

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Cinderella Skeleton 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Love the illustrations and the rhyme scheme. Surprisingly, 3rd grade gets it.
taramankin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a funny, rhyming, somewhat scary remake of the original Cinderella fairytale. Boneyard Acre's is a graveyard neighborhood where Cinderella Skeleton lives with her stepmother and stepsisters. Cinderella Skeleton wants to attend the Halloween Ball but is told to stay home and work instead. Her stepmother and stepsister's leave for the ball in a hearse. Cinderella Skelton meets with the good witch and she used her want to make Cinderella Skelton a funeral wagon made from jack-o-lanterns, rats, bats, and a black cat. Cinderella Skelton attends the Halloween Ball but looses her foot as she rushes out. Prince Charnel searches to match a foot bone with an ankle and finds that Cinderella Skelton is a perfect match and they live happily ever after.
bsalomon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cinderella Skeleton is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters. She is told she is not to go to the prince¿s ball, but she does not listen. She goes to the witch¿s house and asks to go to the ball. When she is at the ball, the prince falls in love with her, but she cannot stay to marry him. She runs to get back to her house and losses her foot that the prince retrieves. The prince then searches and finds her in the end. This is a classic Cinderella story with a twist. This is a great story for a read aloud during Halloween because children know the regular Cinderella story but they might not know this one.
mmwrigh3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this version of Cinderella. The illustrations are really creative and somewhat scary. This subtle twists and rhymes make this a fun book. When Cinderella Skeleton is leaving the party she doesn't just loose her slipper but her entire foot! I recently read it to second graders to continue the Halloween theme and they truely enjoyed it.
darlingdumpling on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Q5 P4Excellent rhythm and rhyme, beautiful, interesting pictures. A creepy take on a traditional Euro folktale
AbundanceofBooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story, told in verse, of Cinderella Skeleton, her cruel stepfamily (Stepmother Skreech and stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane), and how her decision to take action changed her life.Cinderella Skeleton "everything a ghoul should be", dank hair, yellow nails, green teeth - she was the foulest in the land. She spent all night slaving away, arranging dead flowers, hanging up cobwebs, feeding the bats, so much work so little time. When she was not allowed to attend Prince Charnel's "frightfully famous Halloween Ball", Cinderella decided to take action. She went to the kind forest witch who tricks her out in a ball gown of lace, nightmares (part horse, part dragon) to pull the funeral wagon, footmen and a driver to speed her on her way with a final warning:Before you go,There's one important thing to know:You must return before the morning.If you fail to heed my warning,Your joy will fade at thebreak of day.Cinderella made it safely to the ball, caused a stir, and she and Prince Charnel fell madly in love. In fact, she had such a wonderful time that she missed two things: Her family recognized and the sun was rising. In her mad dash to be home before the spell fades, Cinderella loses her foot. Prince Charnel wanders the country looking for the foot's owner (the other ghouls were happy to break off their feet for the test). He finally makes it to Cinderella Skeleton's house, finds his love, ties her foot back on, and they live happily ever after.Cinderella Skeleton is a great idea, with great pictures, but the verse and vocabulary make it seem a little long. My students enjoy it, but I either have to explain loads of words (much harder when working with a group) or altering the words as you go along. I normally do both, I explain a few words that I think they'll like and that I can explain clearly (and fairly quickly) and then alter other words to those the kids know. (My classes tend to be half native English speakers and half for whom it's their second language - so there's lots to explain.) I think defining certain words will be a lot easier with a family sized group. The pictures are also far more enjoyable when you can spend more time looking at them - lots of fun details.Verdict:Great illustrations and creative concept bring new life to the old Cinderella story - even the boys and older kids like it. (I mean middle or high school when I say "older kids".) I'll give it 3 out of 6 stars - it's a fun Halloween read, I recommend getting it from the library, especially since the story seems to lag during Prince Charnel's hunt for his "promised princess bride".
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a delightful retelling of the Cinderella story! This tale has been redone so many times, but San Souci takes a whole new approach. Cinderella is a skeleton living in a huge mausoleum in the graveyard, and wants to go to the (Halloween) ball that Prince Charnel is having. The only problem: her skeleton stepmother and stepsisters.It's morbidly hilarious. Cinderella doesn't just lose a shoe; the Prince accidentally snaps off her entire foot bone. Her coach is from a jack-o-lantern, and she doesn't have horses, but rats that turn into dragon-nightmares.The story is told in verse, which can be really irritating when poorly executed, and lilting when done well. Fortunately, San Souci turns a pretty rhyme. (I just hate reading kid's books with a couplet rhyme scheme where the author feels like they have to make the rhyme work, even if the sentence sounds wretched.)Some parents might object at reading this to a six-month-old, but she really enjoyed it. The pictures are bright (strange, I know, but true), Cinderella is actually very fetching, for a skeleton, and frankly, my girl is too little to understand the more disturbing elements. We had fun reading this together.
oapostrophe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the more fun Cinderella re-tellings and great for the Halloween season. Kids are so drawn to the cover, and then to the illustrations. They find it hilarious that rather than lose her glass slipper, Cinderella Skeleton loses her foot!
patsila on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
We have really enjoyed this clever little Halloween spin on Cinderella. And the poetry is VERY well-thought out and flows beautifully. It is a bit dark in places (the prince screaming out "You're mine!" as he breaks of her foot bone comes to mine, but that wasn't really an issue for us. I could see how it could be for others though. This is definitely one you want to pre-read first. Even if you choose not to share it with your child, I'm sure you will be impressed with it's literary quality as well as the intricate illustrations. A+
Zmrzlina on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, such wonderful illustrations and delightful retelling of Cinderella story. But I like the book because one of the step-sisters is Bony-Jane...and my real name is Bonnie Jeanne which is close enough to make this book extra special.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My students loved this book. We are comparing Cinderella stories and this one is the kid's favorite so far. They are even reading it when regular work is done.
Fiddlesticks More than 1 year ago
I'm currently watching "The Corpse Bride", and there was a scene, on a balcony, where the Corpse Bride commented on the view, and, suddenly, my mind's flying back a few years to a memory. I was sitting in my elementary school's library, and I was reading none other than "Cinderella Skeleton"! I immediately jumped onto B&N to check it out! I'm eager to buy it! I remember loving it when I was younger, and, as Halloween is one of the best days of the year (heck, it's Halloween season right now!), the book is ideal! It's a thrill, and a fabulously spooky twist on the classic story. Read it. Fear it. Love it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of 'dark humor'. Being a Goth myself my taste is somewhat darker than most. And I must say... I adore this book! It is a poetic, macabre twist of the classic Cinderella story we all know and love. I have a little sister who's there's quite an age difference. About a week ago I got this book from the library and I've read it every night to her. (She's made me) It has the the right amount of dark and the perfect amount of enough light to be an ALL AGES book. Oh, and the pictures are wonderfully ghastly as well. They have so much detail. David Catrow seems how to know how to draw the spookish beauty Cinderella so well, that even her being a skeleton and all... my sister stil finds her beautiful. The point is... read the book. You won't regret it ^^
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say,this book is absolutely an adorable adaptation of the classic we've all come to love so well.After all skeletons need a fairy tale as well as the living.I think the Cinderella in this particular version is absolutely enchanting.I think for the most part when we read,see,and hear of skeletons,right away we think evil,death,halloween.Its nice to read a charming fairy tale once in awhile with the most unthought of of characters.I think the author should start on his next story like sleeping beauty skeleton,or Snow white skeleton and create a line of skeleton fairy tales like cinderella skeleton.I especially like the last page where the prince and cinderella are happy at last floating in the air.My opinion is it deserves ten stars...
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a Children's Librarian, I thought this book was adorable! Kids love spooky stories, especially around Halloween, and this book is a perfect merging of a classic fairy tale and a spooky setting. It's truly orginial, refreshing and highly entertaining! The rhyming text is brilliant and well-thought out, and the illustrations are breathtaking. Kids will really enjoy this one, and adults will enjoy reading it to them! A perfect addition to any Halloween picture book collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is appalling!! I would never purchase this book! I teach Kindergarten and I would never give them this book to read. To think that someone would take an innocent fairy tale and turn it into a nightmare is disgusting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really funny. Quite a different twist than the classic Cinderella stories. The descriptions in this book make everything very easy and fun to visualize.