Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups

illus. by Brigette Barrager. 40p. Orchard. Jan. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545565646.
K-Gr 3—In this rhyming story, Clarkson cleverly mixes and matches fairy-tale princesses into one another's tales, then reblends for truly happy endings. Fed up with housework, Snow White ditches the dwarves for Rapunzel's peaceful tower. Rapunzel is delighted to take over ball festivities for an exhausted Cinderella. Cinderella gladly curls up in Sleeping Beauty's cozy bed so the latter can find purpose socializing with the dwarves. Each girl finds a flaw in the new position, so she returns home after negotiating improvements. The dwarves help with chores, and Cinderella goes to college. Barrager's digital cartoons are wide-eyed and flat, colorful and funny. Fairy-tale fans will savor this practical take on familiar stories.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Rapunzel is lonely in her tower; Snow White is tired of her seven housemates' sloppiness; Cinderella wants to get some sleep; and Sleeping Beauty wants to wake up. This fractured fairy tale enjoins humor to encourage girls to seek out new adventures and solve their own problems. Vibrant, spunky illustrations bring a hip feel to the rhyming text.

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