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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.


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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.

30 review for Cinderella: The Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

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

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    Upon reading this book, you will want to ponder the front cover. The illustrations, drawn by Jeffrey Steward Timmins are very dark and immediately reminded me of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. You can infer that the front character is Cinderella, although she does not portray any similarities to the original fairy tale Cinderella. Opposed to the bright colors found in the original version, translated by Perrault and illustrated by Marcia Brown, this version, retold by Beth Bracken has Upon reading this book, you will want to ponder the front cover. The illustrations, drawn by Jeffrey Steward Timmins are very dark and immediately reminded me of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. You can infer that the front character is Cinderella, although she does not portray any similarities to the original fairy tale Cinderella. Opposed to the bright colors found in the original version, translated by Perrault and illustrated by Marcia Brown, this version, retold by Beth Bracken has few colors, if any. The pages are filled with various shades of gray and most of the story is set in a dark town reflecting an ominous mood. Although the reader will recognize the familiar cast of characters, this story is told in an unfamiliar way as it is compiled into a graphic novel. You truly gain a sense of the characters and their spirit through speech bubbles and a series of images. As you flip through the graphics, the voices and emotions of the vile step sisters or sweet Cinderella will ring in your head and heart. I truly appreciated the sweetness in Cinderella's voice that overpowered the dark tone of the images. I also enjoyed the small yet powerful additions to the story that made this version unique and special. In the beginning of this version you meet Ella's father and her evil step-family who have entered her life. As her dad travels to town, he asks her step-sister what they would like. One replied "Dresses! As many as you can fit into your carriage!" "Jewels! As many as you can fit into your pockets". Their greed was relentless. Cinderella on the other hand asked for a simple gift... a small twig. Although it was just a simple twig, it ends up holding a special part in the story. This is just one example of many twists you will find in this unique version of Cinderella.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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 ar 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

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ro Long

    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

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anthonia

    This graphic novel is a great addition to the cinderella stories. I enjoyed reading it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Sfetsos

    We all know the story of Cinderella, so I'm very familiar with it. Yet, I can't stop reading new updated versions or retellings, so of course I picked this up when hubby found it during one of our (many) thrift store adventures. Ella is very sad when she loses her mother and can't shake the sadness. When her father remarries, her stepmother and two stepsisters move in and take over the house. Leaving Ella to become their housekeeper. But when a ball is announced and her stepmother refuses to let We all know the story of Cinderella, so I'm very familiar with it. Yet, I can't stop reading new updated versions or retellings, so of course I picked this up when hubby found it during one of our (many) thrift store adventures. Ella is very sad when she loses her mother and can't shake the sadness. When her father remarries, her stepmother and two stepsisters move in and take over the house. Leaving Ella to become their housekeeper. But when a ball is announced and her stepmother refuses to let her go, Ella finds a way... This was a dark and lovely retelling of a very familiar story. I especially liked that her name was Ella, and that much of the story focused on the grief the poor girl goes through after losing her mother. She tries so hard to be strong, but can't stop visiting her mother's gravesite and cries all the time. Yet, no one notices but the animals. The essence of the original fairy tale is captured not only through the darker and subtle additions to the narrative, but also through the eerie illustrations. There's something Burton-esque about this graphic novel and I LOVED it. The style of character drawings and even the colour palette are quite drab, yet so pretty. I enjoy all kinds of artwork in graphic novels and comic books, but the weirder the better. At the end of the book there's also an interesting history about the true origins of this fairy tale, a few discussion questions and even writing prompts. This book is going right to my Keeper Shelf.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jayla

    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 Pr 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?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Barely a graphic novel, really just a long picture book. The art is interesting, as it is a bit darker that you usually see with princess stories, but the “plot” was nothing new. Honestly I can’t be sure it isn’t the Grimm’s version with a few words changed to make it “retold” as the cover says. It reminds me of a project in art school where you just make sequential art for a fairy tale that you are assigned.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gearldine

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    The classic tale of Cinderella retold as a graphic novel. The illustrations are moody and bleak, even at times when the story is not. An interesting twist on the classic tale that could interest some young readers.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Muhammad Karimov

    It is a good graphic novel.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Yami

    the graphic in this novel is very interesting, but I did not like them very much. besides this book is good, it's the story that everything goes well for the characters

  14. 4 out of 5

    Emily Aguilar

    it was a good book . Also it was kind of funny.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I enjoyed Cinderella: The Graphic Novel. I purchased it for my classroom and am looking forward to hearing how my students respond to this retelling.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Didn't care for the illustrations.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daizy

    I liked the book , it was good

  18. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Good retelling of Cinderella as a graphic novel!

  19. 4 out of 5

    vio

    A good and short retelling of Cinderella with an interesting art style.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lamar

    Great artwork and exciting!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    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?

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joelle

    This book follows the same story of Cinderella we already know, however, it does so in a bit darker and dingier way. Much like the cover art, the illustrations within the book are stylized (in my opinion) like a Johnny Depp movie. The characters and backgrounds are heavily shadowed. As with many other graphic novels, the amount of text per page is low. One difference I noticed from other Cinderella versions is that Cinderella went frequently to her mother's grave. I also don't remember Cinderell This book follows the same story of Cinderella we already know, however, it does so in a bit darker and dingier way. Much like the cover art, the illustrations within the book are stylized (in my opinion) like a Johnny Depp movie. The characters and backgrounds are heavily shadowed. As with many other graphic novels, the amount of text per page is low. One difference I noticed from other Cinderella versions is that Cinderella went frequently to her mother's grave. I also don't remember Cinderella spending much time going to get a gourd in other versions of the story, but in this one I love the illustration of her carrying a massive pumpkin back to her fairy godmother to turn into the carriage. For the illustrations alone, I'd likely read this story around Halloween time since it has that dark feeling.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dannita Stanley

    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 i 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    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 moth 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Arminzerella

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniela

    Grade Level: 2-3 Main Characters: Cinderella, evil step-family, fairy godmother Setting: POV: second person Summary: 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 ba Grade Level: 2-3 Main Characters: Cinderella, evil step-family, fairy godmother Setting: POV: second person Summary: 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen Wehage-Barrera

    Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth Bracken This 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 colorati Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth Bracken This 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Anke

    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 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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    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 gr 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!

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