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Cinderella's wicked stepmother won't let her go to the ball. But with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, she'll be getting there in style. There's just one catch. At midnight, her magical gown will turn back into dirty old rags....

Title : Cinderella: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin)
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ISBN : 9781434208606
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 33 Pages
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Cinderella: The Graphic Novel (Graphic Spin) Reviews

  • Amanda
    2019-04-28 18:35

    A nice retelling for children. This book has the coolest textured endpages.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-29 21:20

    Cinderella The Graphic Novel:Summary- Cinderella- The Graphic Novel was published this year in 2009. It is a “graphic spin” on Cinderella as it says on the back cover of the book. The book begins with the cast of characters including: the evil stepsisters, the evil stepmother, the father, the prince, Cinderella, and the fairy godmother. This version of Cinderella takes a bit of a darker tone then the typical version most are used to. The colors in the book are very burnt and dark and the facial expressions are more evil then expected. Cinderella is referred to as “Ella” through the beginning of the story until her stepsisters name her Cinderella for being as dirty as the cinders. Cinderella is very sad about her mothers death and weeps at her grave quite often. The twist on this version of the story is that birds come to help Cinderella with her given chores. The fairy godmother comes to take care of the carriage and clothes. The glass slipper gets lost at the stroke of midnight and when the prince comes to find her she introduces herself as Ella. At her wedding the evil family members come and the helpful birds attack and scare them away. The end of the book includes: about the author, about the illustrator, glossary, history of Cinderella, discussion questions, writing prompts, and internet sites. Reflection- I was so thrilled to see that there was a graphic novel version of the traditional Cinderella story. I was wrapped up in the story right away even though I had heard it many times before. The main story was the same as most would know, but there was a very dark feeling to the story. It almost had a gothic feel to it. The cover text was in a gothic font and all of the pictures are of dark colors. I think that If I were to use the Cinderella story in my classroom, this might be a version that would appeal to the boys in the room as well as the girls because of the tone. The pages had, on average, 2-3 boxes on them in true graphic novel form. The book was a quick read and was not very detailed, yet because of the format of the book I felt that the characters were still very well developed. This book was published in 2009, and because of that it seems that many would be interested in it because of the structure. This book really showed me how much influence the structure, pictures, and format of the book have on the story as well as the audience. I would suggest making sure to read all of the information at the end of the book. The author added really helpful information about herself, the illustrator, the history of Cinderella, vocabulary, as well as internet sites. I would recommend this book to all levels of readers because I think it would be understood and appreciated by all.

  • Rebecca
    2019-05-06 20:29

    As you know I love to read fairy tales, the original and retold stories. Cinderella has always been one of my favorite stories. When I was at the library the other day with my girls, Cinderella: The Graphic Novel caught our eye.Cinderella: The Graphic Novel is not quite the Disney version most people are used to. This version of the story was wonderful. The author, Beth Bracken went closer to the original version and put her own spin on it. What I love the most about this book is how well the artwork and story go together. The art in this graphic novel is wonderful! I love the style of it.If you are a fan of Cinderella and graphic novels this is a perfect fit. Bonus, at the back of the book there is a bit of Cinderella history that we all enjoyed reading. I have now read this with my children three times because they LOVE it! I will be purchasing it soon because I will eventually have to return it to the library.Happy reading,Rebecca

  • RoLong
    2019-05-09 20:27

    Fantastic story. Classic Cinderella, condensed for children. Beautiful water color artwork. The back has a glossary for children and a little history on the origins of Cinderella. It even has writing prompts for teachers. Loved it

  • Jayla
    2019-05-19 01:19

    In this awesome book Cinderella, by Beth Bracken illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins , Ella's mom is very ill and she died but her father found a new wife and she already have two daughters. They call Ella Cinderella for a filthy girl. Cinderella is now their maid for the evil stepmother and stepsister. They went to the ball without Cinderella but she went to her mothers grave and she herd her fairy godmother and Cinderella wished to go to the ball with a gown . Cinderella danced with the Prince. She was in a rash and left she shoe and ran home. Will she make it?

  • Gearldine
    2019-05-10 19:42

    In this sad and happy story Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth Bracken. The main characters are Ella , stepsisters , and stepmother . The stepmother doesn't let Ella go to the ball because she didn't have a pretty dress to ware to the ball. I wounder if Ella is going to let her stepmother and her stepsisters live with her and is she going to forgive them about what they did to her.

  • Lamar
    2019-05-02 22:42

    Great artwork and exciting!

  • Lisa
    2019-05-02 23:30

    In the graphic novel Cinderella By: Beth Bracken Illustrated by: Jeffrey Stewart Timmins Cinderella,The Evil stepsisters, The Evil Stepmother, and the Prince.The main Idea Is that the prince wanted to find cinderella to give her shoe back. I wonder what her evil stepmother's reaction looked like when cinderella picked up the seeds?

  • Adriana
    2019-05-16 19:37

    In is good book cinderlla by both bracken the main charter are her evil stepsisters, evil stepmother,cinderella ,the price and her father.cinderella step mother make cinderella do all the work in the haouse and treat her miserble. one day the pince was going to make a ball so he can find a wife.Cinderella want to go but her step mother will not let her. Cinderella run off crying he git sad because the onily place she want to go. will she ever go?

  • Dannita Stanley
    2019-04-18 18:45

    I enjoyed Cinderella The Graphic Novel. I am curious to see how students would respond to the variations in Traditional Literature Books. I'd like to offer the books in different formats to give students a choice. I have some students who prefer graphic novels, so I like that the traditional stories are offered this way.In this book, I was most drawn to the illustrations. Since graphic novels offer many more illustrations, I was drawn to how the illustrations helped the story line. Some of the illustrations helped me connect with the book, while others were difficult to decipher. For example, the illustration of the doves at the end of the story was difficult for me to really understand. As a result, I had to infer what was happening in that section of the text. I also felt that some of the illustrations offered little insight into what was actually happening in the story. The expressions on the characters' faces were difficult to read at times.I would recommend this book to others because I think readers who prefer graphic novels would find interest in this book. I also like how the different stories have their own slight variation, which is great for students to compare and contrast story elements. This book offers something new with the twig planted at Cinderella's mom's grave, so this would be one of the differences that students could contrast with other stories about Cinderella. I am thinking that this book and other graphic novels of fairy tales would be great for a genre study. Students could read these since they are quick and easy reads. They could then write their own, adding their own twist to the story.

  • Kim
    2019-05-13 17:32

    This graphic novel version of the traditional Cinderella was a good read. The layout was different than traditional picture books, but was a nice change. This version stuck pretty close to the original telling of Cinderella with a few differences. Cinderella was introduced at the beginning of the book as Ella. She did not gain the name Cinderella until her 2 stepsisters gave it to her because she was so dirty from cleaning the cinders from the fireplace. Ella was so sad from the loss of her mother that she visited her grave frequently throughout the story (which is a difference from the traditional telling). She had bird friends who helped her throughout the story, and in the end chased away the stepmother and 2 stepsisters from her wedding. This version of Cinderella would be more appropriate for grades 3-5, it could even be used for middle school students. Since it is a graphic novel, older students would need to be taught how to read a graphic novel first if they have never encountered one before. It would be interesting to see if they could write their own graphic novel version of Cinderella to see how their interpretation is different than the traditional, just as this one was. It would be great to see students compare and contrast this version with the traditional version also. Younger students could understand this story as a read aloud, but I am unsure if they would pick up on the very slight differences in the story.

  • Daniela
    2019-05-12 01:49

    Grade Level: 2-3Main Characters: Cinderella, evil step-family, fairy godmotherSetting: POV: second personSummary:This is Cinderella retold in a graphic novel format, and the story is told through dialogue bubbles. The graphics are kind of Gothic style and done in watercolors with great detail. The book maintains the original plot where Cinderella is forced to do all the house chores and live with her horrid step-mother and sisters. Her step-mother still does not allow her to go to the Princes ball, even after Cinderella does everything that is asked of her. After her family leaves, a fairy god mother comes and gets her ready for the ball. In the end Cinderella, or Ella as she is called in this graphic novel, ends up with the Prince happily ever after.Classroom uses/themes:This story is well known to students, and this is a fun way to mix-up this traditional story. There are many themes to the Cinderella story such as compassion, greediness, jealousy, and humility. The thought/dialogue bubbles can help students as they start working on dialogue. Students can recreate their own graphic novels of well known fairy tails making sure to include the setting, plot, etc.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-05-08 18:41

    Pretty packaging - the cover was very eye-catching, and the endpapers are black and textured. The enchantment stops after you crack this open, however. All of the characters - male & female - seem to have the same hairstyle and lack chins or necks. Cinderella's transformation (her beautiful dress and glass slippers) doesn't wow either - she swaps her gray rags for purple ones (in slightly better condition). The story, too, incorporates some new/different elements: Cinderella spends hours weeping at her mother's grave (to no effect), her father doesn't succumb to illness/death (but he sort of disappears from the story without an explanation and he never stands up for his daughter), and Cinderella plants a tree and befriends some birds who later aid her in a task her stepmother sets her (all of which comes to naught - even when she completes it successfully, her stepmother doesn't allow her to go to the ball; also, usually these sorts of impossible tasks come in threes!) and avenge her against her stepfamily when she ends up with the prince. Her glass slippers fail to captivate as well. Rather disappointing.

  • Jen Wehage-Barrera
    2019-05-17 17:26

    Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth BrackenThis retelling of the classic fairy tale follows the same plot line: Cinderella’s mean stepmother and stepsisters treat her abusively. A godmother intervenes, Cinderella wins the heart of the prince at the ball, with her lost glass slipper he searches for her, and they live happily ever after. However, there are a few variances from other Cinderella stories. In this graphic novel style the emotions of Ella (Cinder was added as an insult), dark colorations for sadness and gradual brightness for happiness, create varying moods for the reader. The finely drawn images have exaggerated features and the facial expressions are reflective of the personalities of the characters. Each panel is a gradient background and is straightforward making the story easy to understand. The text, written in graphic novel speech bubbles and transitions, is not complex. There is a glossary included for potentially unfamiliar words, a brief history of Cinderella, discussion questions, and writing prompts. Target audience: ages 7-10, early independent readers. Enjoyable for a quick read for older kids.

  • Erin
    2019-05-10 17:32

    Slightly darker than the Disney version of Cinderella we all hold dear to our hearts, Ella is introduced with the other characters in a lineup at the beginning of the book in a very gestural illustration that flows throughout the rest of the novel. Ella is adopted into her Stepmother’s home with her stepsisters. Her father brings back the first twig that touches his hat on his trip out, while her stepmother brings back fancy jewels and dresses for the stepsisters. Ella plants that twig and it grows into a tree that houses birds that help Ella in the book. Of course, Ella goes to the Prince’s ball and loses her purple slipper, causing the Prince to come find Ella to become his Princess later on. It seemed much darker than it actually is at first, and I would recommend it to kids in the later elementary years. The author provides a glossary in the back for vocabulary, and also provides history on the tale of Cinderella. I really enjoyed reading this and would especially recommend it to girls who are beginners with graphic novels!

  • L12_Anke
    2019-04-21 18:45

    The plot of this Cinderella story is much like the others, yet the graphic novel format is the opposite of the large, colorful pictures splashed on the pages of the typical versions of this world famous fairly tale. I liked the idea of reading Cinderella in graphic novel format, yet the drab, dreary hues and scratchy sketches of the characters make the entire story a depressing one—even when Cinderella gets her wish to attend the ball, the girl hardly manages a smile. The last few pages of this book are the best. The author includes a glossary of words from ashamed to vile, a brief history of Cinderella, as well as several writing prompts and discussion questions. She also includes a specific internet site where the students can research the story a little further.The book is recommended for children ages eight and older. This graphic novel would serve as a great tool when comparing its visual format and artwork to other versions of Cinderella, such as the one illustrated and retold by Ruth Sanderson.

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-05-17 19:32

    Actual Rating: 2.5When I saw this book at the library, I thought the cover looked dark and I really wanted to read it (this seems to be a common thread when I find children's graphic novels... the cover always makes the story look dark so it immediately grabs my attention). I'll be the first to admit I'm not familiar with the actual story of Cinderella. My only experience with Cinderella is the Disney movie, so I was like "I thought her dad died? But he's there? And he won't do anything for her?" Haha!The artwork was very intriguing. I felt all the characters looked old and ordinary, yet they were supposed to be beautiful and such (especially the step sisters... I thought they looked like zombies.). I wonder if the artist did this on purpose because of the character personalities. However, Cinderella isn't even that pretty...Anyway, it was alright. Nothing too special, but the artwork was very different. So it wasn't too terrible.

  • Angie
    2019-05-19 22:25

    Synopsis: "Cinderella's wicked stepmother won't let her go to the ball. But with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, she'll be getting there in style. There's just one catch. At midnight, her magical gown will turn back into dirty old rags."My Review: This one has been sitting on my shelf for quite some time, so I finally picked it up. This is a very short graphic novel that really condensed the Cinderella story, but not in a bad way. It would be easy for young readers to pick up and enjoy. The art style is a little dark for my liking but it is a style that appeals to a lot of others. I think the best part was all the extras at the end, it has a glossary of potential new words, it also has a brief history of the story of Cinderella throughout history and some great discussion questions.

  • Randie D. Camp, M.S.
    2019-05-04 17:42

    I was impressed with this graphic spin on the classic tale of Cinderella. I enjoyed the variation of the story and thought the birds at the end were a nice touch.Timmins' artwork is grim and dark which I believe captures the darkness that is embedded into many classic fairy tales. The step mother and sisters' faces are hideous to match their cruel personalities. Cinderella is not portrayed as cheery but she is selfless and kind--this is depicted best by her request for a twig and in her visits to her mother's grave. The fairy godmother is the only character to smile throughout the book.Bracken includes a brief, but informative history of Cinderella at the end of the book. Additionally, Bracken provides discussion questions, writing prompts, and a link to an internet site for her readers as opportunities for knowledge extension.

  • Val
    2019-04-29 23:46

    This is a darker version of the classic Disney tale. While it wasn't horrible it was lacking many elements key to the original story. I was confused by how Ella's Dad appears at the beginning and then he is missing in the rest of the book. Where did he go?? This also has some sinister elements towards the end that were surprising. Cue fat doves..The author does include a history of the Cinderella story, vocabulary, discussion questions and writing prompts at the end of the book. These are great for a classroom or library setting. It's not the best version of Cinderella but certainly not the worst. I would recommend it to older children and tweens who like a more twisty version of the fairy tale genre and not to the girls looking for a glittery frilly ending!

  • Lady Knight
    2019-04-28 00:43

    Interesting presentation. Definitely darker than most Cinderella stories, and despite the low reading level and the abundance of pictures it is intended for the older kids of elementary school and even the youngest of the middle school set. I quite liked it!I particularly loved how after the story, their was also a quick history of the story of Cinderella (the oldest known version came from China, originally the shoes were gold instead of glass, the Grimm's brothers version had doves pecking out the eyes of the stepsisters, etc.) and then had some discussion questions and websites to delve more into the story. This could be a fantastic way to use Cinderella, or even some of the other fairy tales covered in this series, in older aged classrooms.

  • Alea
    2019-04-18 19:20

    Like Rapunzel, Cinderella is illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins and he shines here as well. I especially loved how he treated the women's hair and silhouettes in Cinderella. He has again used watercolor to create these beautiful washes of color but small details too. Thought again I would have wished the speech bubbles be hand drawn.I love the story of Cinderella and with the addition of Jeffrey Stewart Timmins's illustration this is a winning rendition. Like the other Capstone offerings from the Graphic Spin line in the back of the book you will find a history of the fairy tale, discussions and writing prompts. Cinderella is a reading level of 2.1 or I.

  • Emilou
    2019-04-25 17:44

    The art was interesting, but I found it odd that when Cinderella's hair didn't change when the fairy Godmother gave her the dress. She looked like an old maid. Also, the expressions didn't change much. The art style was unique, but it didn't show much diversity in expression or perspective during the story.In this version of Cinderella, her father is still alive. The writer only had him in part of the story and he was absent during the ball without any explanation, which I found to be poor writing.There was also nothing unique about this version of Cinderella. It was practically the original tale, and had nothing new to add.

  • Michelle Rosales
    2019-05-04 01:37

    Ella is faced with a big dilemma as her mother dies and her father remarries a woman with two daughters, who have wicked hearts. As the story unfolds Ella earns the name Cinderella as she becomes the housekeeper in her own home. When the prince announces that he is holding a ball to find a wife, the household becomes extremely excited. Ella begs to go, her stepmother finds a difficult task to prevent her from going. Nonetheless, Ella succeeds, and with the help of her godmother, goes to the ball and captures the heart of the prince. The prince reunites with Ella after she loses her glass slipper at the ball. They marry and live happily ever after.

  • Amy
    2019-05-10 20:35

    I thought the illustrations were very unique- that's what drew me to this book. But I found it ironic that the "beautiful stepsisters" were some of the ugliest I'd seen. ;) Ella's father had more of a role in this version of the fairy tale, but somehow disappears from the cast of characters after the King's proclamation is read. ?? It was nice to see the evil stepmother and stepsisters get what was coming to them in the end.

  • RLL22016_Molly
    2019-05-11 17:32

    This graphic novel is a new twist on the Brothers Grimms original story of Cinderella. The artwork is as dark and twisted as Ella's nasty step-sisters. This version of Cinderella is told chiefly through dialogue that is relteable to young readers who are just starting to read on their own. The end of the book is filled with further information about the history of Cinderella, which is a great add on to keep children interesting. Overall, a fun read!

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-19 01:39

    The well known fairy tale of Cinderella is written as a graphic novel. A young girl’s mother passes away. Her father remarries a woman with two daughters. The two daughters are very cruel towards Cinderella. There will soon be a ball held by the prince to find a wife. Cinderella isn’t given permission to attend the ball. There is a glass slipper, a fairy godmother, and a pumpkin carriage. This is a great graphic novel to read.

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2019-05-03 21:45

    Rather bleak little story. I liked some of the panels - especially those in silouette (like Cinderella under the tree). But Cinderella is dull and unappealling, the backgrounds are bare, and the story has no luster or magic for me. I did appreciate the information about the tale at the end of the book, as well as the discussion questions. I did like that the stepmother and one stepsister looked like trolls! For my taste in graphic novels, I much prefer "Rapunzel's Revenge."

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-22 01:49

    I think graphic novels are a fabulous way to get reluctant kids to read, and adapting tales that they are already familiar with can only help to increase their interest. Though I would have liked to see the dialogue a bit more developed, the illustrations are well done. Also provided are the story's historical background, discussion questions and writing prompts that would surely benefit any budding writers.

  • Judith
    2019-04-28 20:40

    I had several problems with this story, and it didn't really have anything to do with the fact that it was a graphic novel, just more with inconsistencies. First, Cinderella's father is alive in the story and then all of a sudden he just disappears. There is no mention of his death, but he just completely vanishes! I do the fact that there is a history of the story of Cinderalla. It will help the readers understand that there is more to the story than the Disney classic.