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Cinderella Skeleton [Paperback]

Robert D. San Souci
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Sept. 15 2004
Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers--certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?

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Grade 3-7-Not for the faint of heart, this retelling continues the author's fascination with "Cinderella" tales. In challenging vocabulary and a complex rhyme scheme, the clever narrative tells of Cinderella Skeleton, a wraith who lives in a mausoleum with her horrific stepmother, Skreech, and stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane. She wiles away her days streaking the windows, hanging cobwebs, and feeding bats until the Halloween Ball invitation arrives. A good woodland witch conjures up the usual participants into a funeral wagon, dragon steeds, a gown, and slippers, but in fleeing from Prince Charnel at sunrise, Cinderella breaks off her slippered foot mid-calf. Gross, yes, though later other ghosts break off their shinbones with the hope of fitting the leg-and-slipper remains ("Wire or glue; you're good as new!" snaps the stepmother as she pulls off each girl's foot). Catrow's wonderfully weird pencil-and-watercolor illustrations feature wiggly lines, lurid pink and bilious green accents, large-eyed skeletons, and grotesque mutantlike creatures. The envious stepfamily conveniently shrivels to dust, which is certainly less horrible than other endings (though younger readers will still be disturbed about those broken legs). This darkly humorous and spooky variation will tickle the twisted tastes of upper-elementary and middle-school readers if it is displayed where they'll find it.
Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. San Souci puts a bizarre spin on the world's most familiar folktale. Cinderella Skeleton "lives" in Boneyard Acres, where she's forced to keep an entire mausoleum supplied with cobwebs and dead flowers while stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane primp and pose before stepmother Skreech. Thanks to the offices of a good witch, Cinderella gets to Prince Charnel's ball and makes her escape just before dawn. As expected, she leaves behind a shoe--but this one has a foot inside. The text is cast in verse, with a complex rhyme scheme that takes getting used to but keeps the lines from sounding sing-songy. Catrow's artwork seems to have taken a tip from Tim Burton's film Nightmare before Christmas (1993). The backgrounds are eerie and elaborately detailed, and the figures are not really skeletons but rather elongated stick figures with mummified heads and moldering, garishly colored finery. In the end, Cinderella Skeleton hobbles out of hiding to be united with her Prince, and off they float, trailing clouds of--something. Share this macabre rib tickler with Stinky Cheese fans. John Peters
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Unique Jan. 20 2002
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book because of the illustrations. I have many versions of Cinderella and felt this would be unique to my collection. The illustrations by David Catrow are five star, and in my opinion carry this book. The prose however, by Robert San Souci begin in iambic verse, or a complex rhyme scheme according to Booklist, then the rhyme is stopped abruptly and the story continues in prose. This format is used throughout the book, and because of it the story does not flow. As a reader, I quickly lost interest in the story the author was trying to tell, and began looking at the illustrations instead. Without the illustrations from David Catrow, this version of Cinderella could not stand on its own. Mr. San Souci had a great idea, if only the writing had met the imagination.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Macabre twist to a timeless fairy tale! July 31 2001
Format:Hardcover
This book is wonderfully written in a fresh rhyming verse. It is an excellent re-telling of the too well-known story of Cinderella. The illustrations are colorful and over-the-top! Lots of laughs everytime you look closer and see more in the intricate and colorful pictures. Kids of all ages will love this book.
It certainly gives a fun and creative spin to a tired old tale. I love the story of Cinderella, but there are not many new ways to tell it. This story proves that theory absolutely wrong! I agree with the observation that the drawings are very Tim Burtonesque. It reminded me of The Nightmare Before Christmas, and yet it has it's very own identity. If you like Halloween or gothic humor, you will love this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty is in the eye's of the beholder ... Jan. 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
... and this book very charmingly shows how this is true! What "The Nightmare Before Christmas" showed us about what different things we value, this clever book allows us to use our imagination as well. Cinderella's stepmother, Skreetch, and her two ghastly sisters are total delights as is the fresh artwork. Definitely a keeper!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is great! Sept. 7 2000
Format:Hardcover
The kids love it, but personaly I think anyone that likes fairy tales and halloween stuff would enjoy it also. The art is top notch and really captures the mood of the story. It's nice to see Cinderella getting a new, halloweeny, twist to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Illustrations! Sept. 6 2000
Format:Hardcover
This book is such a fun twist on the original story, it's really the illustrations which pull you in. The story itself is a fun, rhyming twist on a classic that is very funny. The pictures have a humor all their own!
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