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Ella Enchanted Paperback – February 17, 2004
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Eden Riegel (As the World Turns, Les Miserables) uses her youthful, energetic voice to lead the listener into a familiar world of fairy godmothers, wicked stepsisters, and handsome princes. But this imaginative retelling of the Cinderella story comes with a welcome twist. Instead of a demure heroine patiently awaiting a prince who will carry her off, this Ella is a feisty ball of fire with the courage and ambition to take matters into her own hands.
Riegel narrates in a youthful, energetic tone that is perfectly suited to Ella's character. Her voice adds charm and immediacy to a wonderful story already rich with excitement, adventure, romance, and mystery. (Running time: 5.5 hours, 4 cassettes) --George Laney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The first-person narrative is immediately endearing, capturing the personality of the main character in just a few lines. All the major characters are drawn and handled with care. My personal favorite was Ella's father--so heartless, yet so likable at the same time. Such a complex character rarely makes an appearance even in adult fiction.
The romance between Ella and Char made me laugh and sigh by turns. While a deep romance featuring a fifteen-year-old girl is not exactly believable, if one succeeds in suspending disbelief there is a beautiful depiction of the relationship, yet without ever becoming overdone or sappy.
I also liked the way Levine draws on elements from the original fairy tale while giving them a new twist--such as the obedience spell.
The only problem I had with this book were the occasional logical gaps that detracted somewhat from the plot's believability. Yet this is a minor detail, and one that I would probably not have noticed at age nine--which is, after all, the ideal age to read this book. But a teenager or an adult who is interested in fairy tale re-tellings should enjoy this hilarious new spin on 'Cinderella'.
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Doing a fairy tail reimagining can be a slippery slope as your in danger of falling into a straight retelling which no one really wants to read. Read morePublished 12 days ago by anthony mazzuca
I was super excited when I found Ella Enchanted sitting on children's shelf at the thrift store. This book has been on my list of books to buy for quite some time and I've wanted... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Darcus Murray
I love this book and can't say enough good things about it. I read it as a youth and I just read it again for a refresher. It did not disappoint! Read my full review here: [...]Published 16 days ago by Kaeley Scruggs
the kids enjoyed this book , Mary was 11 and was very happy reading it.Published 20 days ago by Nancy M Berg
Okay, so I'm reading my school book order paper, and suddenly I see Ella Enchanted and I'm like, "Oh, this looks good! Read morePublished 1 month ago by paul b.
This is my first time trying to write a review so bear with me here.
WARNING: This may contain spoilers!!! Read more