Cinderella and the Furry Slippers

illus. by Raphaëlle Barbanégre. 32p. Tundra. Oct. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781101918982.
PreS-Gr 2—This familiar story begins in a manner similar to the original: Cinderella does housekeeping all day while her stepmother and two stepsisters lounge around enjoying tea and cake. However, in Cali's twisted or fractured fairy tale, Cinderella telephones a fairy godmother to make an appointment. The green-skinned godmother provides a dress that does not look like the picture in the magazine, her carriage is in the shape of a turnip, and the vehicle is pulled by a variety of forest animals, including a moose. Cinderella's story goes downhill from there. The heroine views a poster advertising a "Girls Only" job fair, and the rushed ending implies that she does not need to wait around for a prince to rescue her from household drudgery, but that she can rely on herself to create her own happiness in life. Unfortunately, the over-the-top silliness detracts from the message, and the execution comes off feeling didactic. Detailed digital artwork would be best viewed individually. Blonde-haired Cinderella, as well as the multihued coifs of secondary characters, create humor with their cartoonlike appearance.
VERDICT Children acquainted with the original probably won't ask for repeated readings of this pastel version.

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