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Cinderella Smith: The More the Merrier Hardcover – April 24, 2012
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“Cinderella’s narration carries this early chapter book, and her upper-elementary woes are perfectly captured in her eager and personable voice… Goode’s energetic sketchwork adds to the spirited narrative.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)
“Funny and clever! Readers will love this modern day Cinderella. It’s a delight…with the most satisfying ending.” (Patricia Reilly Giff, Newberr Honor winner and author of best-selling Polk Street School series)
Goode’s appealing line drawings keep things light and help readers cheer for Cinderella.The invented words, the spelling bee and Cinderella’s voice, which is maturing and becoming more likable, make this a great offering for youngsters who are figuring out the confusing social terrain of third grade (Kirkus)
Cinderella is back and as irrepressible as ever. A simple joy of a book, Barden’s story has given third-graders their very own hero whose final decision of inclusiveness is warming. (Booklist)
The plucky heroine is right at home beside Judy Moody, Clementine, and Ramona. Her experiences are true to life and she remains comfortable in her own skin. Cinderella is an ally to the kids in her class, and might inspire some readers to speak up themselves. (School Library Journal)
“The sweet first-person narrator [and] black-line illustrations by Diane Goode add to the charm.” (Seattle Times)
From the Back Cover
Okay, okay, "vexylent" isn't a real word! Cinderella Smith made it up as a combination of "very" and "excellent." But Cinderella and Erin are hard at work learning to spell real words, because whoever wins first place in the spelling bee gets to pick the theme of the class party!
Speaking of words, Rosemary T. has been using some pretty mean ones lately. So Cinderella decides to give her the silent treatment. But Cinderella's aunt Flora tells her that it's time to have a "what's what" with Rosemary.
Will Cinderella be able to say, and spell, everything she needs?
Top Customer Reviews
Stephanie Barden has done a fantastic job creating characters who are believable and endearing. The illustrations are delightful. I can hardly wait for the next installment in the Cinderella Smith series!
Cinderella Smith, the quirky and charming third grader is back with even more friendship troubles, missing shoes and fun adventures. Cinderella's lifelong friend Rosemary T. continues her mean teasing, but Cinderella's cool Aunt Flora is around to help her deal with anything. And Cinderella's new hobby of making up new words comes in handy when the big spelling bee arrives. Whoever goes the farthest in the bee gets to decide the theme of a big class party and Cinderella thinks that's a vexylent (very excellent) prize.
In The More the Merrier, author Stephanie Barden brings to life Cinderella's sparkling and captivating personality once again. I gobbled up this chuckle inducing MG read quickly and loved getting to spend more time with my newest favorite third grader. When Cinderella's parents go away on a trip, her dental hygienist Aunt Flora, along with her grumpy cat, come to stay and she brings a lot of fun, excitement and silliness into the Smith home.
From purple pancakes to mismatched high-tops to awesome new words, the fun and laughs never stop. But, Barden explores the topic of bullying and broken friendships more in-depth in this second book. Cinderella and Rosemary T.'s feud is relatable and very realistic. Young readers will be able to identify with Cinderella's hurt feelings and anger. I really liked the "what's what" Cinderella finally has with Rosemary T.
Cinderella's journey to the spelling bee is exciting and even makes spelling fun! But, more importantly, Barden offers a wonderful message in the way Cinderella discovers that you should always just be yourself and true to who you are.
This book is fantabulous, F-A-N-T-A-B-U-L-O-U-S, fantabulous!
Author: Stephanie Barden
Published By: Harper Collins
Age Recommended: 8 - 12
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5
Review: Based on one of the cutest, quirkiest little girls ever, Cinderella Smith, the More the Merrier, is a wonderful read for children from 8 to 12 years of age. This cute book sends a great message about bullying and how it's not nice to say bad things about or be mean and thoughtless to others.
Teaching a valuable lesson such as this in a sweet and sensible way is what Cinderella Smith is all about. Children and parents are sure to enjoy her uniqueness and her wonderful penchant for making up interesting new words! This is a wonderful series for children!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cinderella is back for more. Real situations for real kids.Published 6 days ago by Sharon E. Buehler
Our grand daughter is completely enjoying these delightful books. Anything to get her to read is great, but when it brings giggles too it is the best.Published on December 28, 2013 by Frederick L. Ashworth
Reading this with my 8 yo granddaughter. Great fun and enough difficult words to make it challenging and interesting without too many of the hard ones.Published on July 7, 2013 by Melissa A. Alexander
great books fo ryoung girls. I hope the author will continue the series on. My 8 year old daughter is interested in reading now.Published on June 17, 2013 by Thomas K.
I know this is a children's book but the grammar should still be correct. I shows children it's okay to speak with bad grammar. Otherwise the study is awesome and funny!Published on January 17, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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