Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cinderella (as if you didn't already know the story)

Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know the Story) Barbara Ensor

The cover also claims that this is "a quick read for smart girls." And it is. It's a pretty straight-forward telling of Cinderella, stretched into 112 pages and heavily illustrated with paper cut-outs.

I really liked Ensor's Thumbelina: Tiny Runaway Bride. But this one didn't resonate with me the same way. I wanted a little more from it. The voice and the use of paper cut-out illustrations reminds one of a less-whimsical Lauren Child. There's a slight snark there that I think, if it had been brought out more, could have made this book really hilarious and something very awesome.

Not that there's anything wrong with it as it is. It's perfectly lovely. I especially liked that there was a chapter AFTER the Prince finds her and a little bit about variations on the story from around the world. But, in the end, it's a very basic Cinderella without much added to it.

I do like the cut-outs though.

Book Provided by... my local library

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