From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—To wishful girls dreaming of being a princess, Cinderella
offers another retelling of the tried-and-true classic. The storytelling is straightforward and the plot follows the traditional pattern, with Cinderella attending three balls before the climax. However, Eilenberg interjects his own asides. For example, after the stepsisters purchase expensive outfits for the event, he slyly notes, "They thought they looked beautiful! (In fact, they looked frightful.)" More humor can be found in the eccentric oil illustrations. The two oddly shaped stepsisters cramming their toes into the tiny slipper provide great comic relief. However, the listless Cinderella and her prince are not as animated as the rest of the characters. This book makes a good read-aloud, but it does not give as rich an experience as titles such as Paul Fleischman's Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal
(Holt, 2007).—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
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Eilenberg’s retelling of this favorite and familiar tale hews close to Perrault (three balls instead of one) with a dash of storytelling moxie. The text is quick and unsentimental, with little asides: “The stepsisters spent the whole week shopping. They bought expensive outfits, an enormous amount of jewelry and some very large hats. They thought they looked beautiful! (In fact, they looked frightful.)” The snappy text helps offset the overwhelmingly pink-and-blue palette and the cutsie flourishes of hearts, stars, and crowns scattered throughout. Sharkey’s cartoon-style characterizations have naive panache, and though Cinderella herself is largely unimpressive, once dressed in her ball gowns she looks just like a little girl’s drawing of a princess: high hair, sparkly crown, and big poofy dress. The horses, mice, and lizards, even a puff of magical smoke, have goofy personality, and many of the full-page and full-spread illustrations would work well with a group. Grades K-3. --Negro Janice Del