Friday, October 29, 2010

Cinderella (As If You Didn't Already Know The Story)

Brenda Ensor's version of the classic Cinderella story has enough clever gimmicks to appeal to a middle grade reader who needs those devices to hold her interest. There are silhouettes throughout the novel and Cinderella writes scrawling letters to her mother and signs them Cupcake. It also seems to be updated to more modern times, although it is difficult to tell.

I hesitate to completely recommend it for a reluctant reader, because it also mixes in a lot of complex vocabulary, such as hoi polloi and ramifications. I wonder if these intimidating words would inspire someone to keep reading or frighten her off. Still, I think it is a book that will attract younger readers and is a fun addition to a bookshelf.

1 comment:

  1. hoi polloi is such a cool word! I think it needs to be used WAY more often!

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