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Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess…

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups

by Stephanie Clarkson

Other authors: Brigette Barrager (Illustrator)

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Four famous princesses - Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty - each find that they have grown tired of their 'everyday' lives in this fractured fairy-tale told in rhyme. Switching places in an amusing round-robin, each princess hopes to find what she has been missing: Snow White wants some peace and quiet in Rapunzel's tower, Rapunzel wants a night out at Cinderella's ball, Cinderella wants to rest in Sleeping Beauty's bed after doing all of her chores, and Sleeping Beauty hopes to find more activity in Snow White's dwarf-home. But is the grass always greener on the other side, or will these fairy-tale heroines discover that they should have stayed put...?

As it turns out, a bit of both. Although each princess in Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups eventually returns to her original environs, they are each inspired to make some changes, highlighting the fact that sometimes we need to remove ourselves from a stressful situation, in order to come up with a solution to what troubles us. Young fairy-tale lovers will enjoy this 'mix-up,' in which four well-known characters temporarily escape from their own stories into someone else's, while those unfamiliar with the specific tales being referenced - sadly, there are such children - will enjoy the rhyming text and general story presented here. The artwork by Brigette Barrager, who also worked on Uni the Unicorn, is colorful and appealing, with plenty of humorous flourishes - Snow White being smothered by Rapunzel's witch for instance - to keep young reader/listeners entertained. Recommended to anyone who likes fractured fairy-tale retellings and/or more meta-fictional picture-books. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 5, 2017 |
Life as a fairy tale princess isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. But is the grass truly greener on the other side? Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty are about to find out in a new “prince and the pauper”-ish storybook Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups (Orchard Books/Scholastic, 2015).

When each beloved heroine becomes fed up with her lot in life, she welcomes an opportunity to have someone else take her place. Yet walking in another girl’s shoes comes with its own difficulties. Each “princess” eventually learns to appreciate what she has and be courageous enough to make changes in her own life.

Sleeping Cinderella is a great “read-aloud” book that would make a wonderful gift or addition to your school or public library. It is a large hardback, filled with lots of pictures to capture a child’s imagination. The “princess” names are even singled out in an elegant-looking cursive while the main text is left in a more practical font for a child to attempt to read.

While rhymes in general have a tendency to get tedious after a while, I think they do serve as an aid to beginner readers. Author Stephanie Clarkson weaves together some cute ones that give an old-time sensibility to this modern twist. This complements illustrator Brigette Barrager’s age-appropriate artwork, which also has an updated flavor. In addition, the “princess” looks are also familiar without screaming “Disney copycat.” The overall product appeals to the target age group of 4-8-years old (Pre-Kindergarten to 3rd Grade), but it’s organized so that even a 3-year-old would be able to keep track of who is who in this fairy tale “swap.”

Sleeping Cinderella certainly isn’t a book for the traditionalist when it comes to fairy tales. And some children who have problems with anxiety might get frustrated by the resulting disorder. But overall, I think most readers will appreciate this humorous and unusual take on these familiar stories. And rather than get caught up in daydreams about a magical life with Prince Charming, girls might be encouraged to “think outside the box.” A happy ending doesn’t have to follow a stereotype. It is what you make of it.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a First Reads giveaway winner on GoodReads.com. There was no obligation to write a review. ( )
  AnnetteOC | Feb 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545565642, Hardcover)

Princesses Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel swap fairy tales with one another in this hilariously clever new classic!

Once upon a time, four fairy tale misses,
tired of dwarves, witches, princes, and kisses,
so bored and fed up, or just ready to flop,
upped and left home for a fairy tale swap.

What happens when Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel get so fed up with their fairy tales that they decide to switch places with one another? Hilarity ensues in this clever, rhyming story about whether the grass really is greener at someone else's castle.

Author Stephanie Clarkson crafts an incredibly witty manuscript, with rhymes that shine and predicaments that will make little girls everywhere laugh out loud, as illustrator Brigette Barrager brings these beautiful princesses to life with her rich, warm colors and charming retro-girl style!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:22:24 -0400)

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