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This is a retelling, set in the Art Deco period of the 1930s, of the familiar story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but still manages to meet her prince with the help of a fairy godmother.


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This is a retelling, set in the Art Deco period of the 1930s, of the familiar story of a girl who is mistreated by her stepmother and stepsisters, but still manages to meet her prince with the help of a fairy godmother.

30 review for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story

  1. 5 out of 5

    595AJ__Margaret

    Cinderella, An Art Deco Love Story, by Lynn Roberts is a retelling of the Cinderella story in the 1920-30 Art Deco time period. In this version of the fairytale, Cinderella’s father is a “quite forgetful and could not see anything at all without his glasses.” As a result, he returns home two weeks late from a business trip with a woman whose “beauty was such that it could only be recognized by a few (particularly those who had lost their glasses).” This is a cleverly written and illustrated stor Cinderella, An Art Deco Love Story, by Lynn Roberts is a retelling of the Cinderella story in the 1920-30 Art Deco time period. In this version of the fairytale, Cinderella’s father is a “quite forgetful and could not see anything at all without his glasses.” As a result, he returns home two weeks late from a business trip with a woman whose “beauty was such that it could only be recognized by a few (particularly those who had lost their glasses).” This is a cleverly written and illustrated story in which the text and illustrations come together beautifully to capture the opulent Art Deco time period, resulting in many unusual and often humorist twists to this story. I would recommend this book for student in grades k-5, as well as adults. This is a great example of how fairy tales are able to transcend time and place. Students will enjoy hearing this story and comparing it to the more traditional version. It would be a text that would easily foster interesting discussions, as well as writing responses from the class.

  2. 5 out of 5

    L-Crystal Wlodek

    This retelling of the classic story of Cinderella is quite unique and is set in the Art Deco time period of the 1930’s. The unique changes in this retelling and the attention to detail throughout the story including hearing about the ball on the radio, riding to the ball in a fashionable car, and mention of Clarice Cliff coffee cups, and paintings by Augustus John and Tamara de Lempicka make this retelling very interesting, accurate, and fun. This retelling of the classic Cinderella story may be This retelling of the classic story of Cinderella is quite unique and is set in the Art Deco time period of the 1930’s. The unique changes in this retelling and the attention to detail throughout the story including hearing about the ball on the radio, riding to the ball in a fashionable car, and mention of Clarice Cliff coffee cups, and paintings by Augustus John and Tamara de Lempicka make this retelling very interesting, accurate, and fun. This retelling of the classic Cinderella story may be more appropriate for older readers who can understand and appreciate the artistic era of the 1930’s as represented in the illustrations. However, the same themes of love and good conquering over evil are still present in this version. This particular retelling definitely appeals to individuals in touch with their artistic side as naturally brought about by the time period, as well as the hidden details represented in the pictures such as the Clarice Cliff coffee cups, and paintings by Augustus John and Tamara de Lempicka. This Cinderella story is definitely told with a fun twist, is more representative of the posh, flapper fashions of the 1930’s, and reminds me a bit of the setting in The Great Gatsby. This story would be best used in the classroom if comparing and contrasting different Cinderella story versions. Again, I believe this Art Deco Cinderella version would be best appreciated by older children and adults who know the 1930 time period well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chrisanne

    I ❤ art deco. It was fun to find it among the unique style.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joanne Roberts

    Every line of the art in this book is inspiring. Why should little princesses only dream about medieval gowns? Why not the beautiful vintage couture of the Turbulent Thirties? Awesome detail on every page. The story has great British humor and several twists both retro-inspired and with modern sensibility. Clever and amusing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    light retelling of Cinderella with a few fillips like her incredibly absent-minded father. Art is functional and amusing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Kollins

    Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001) is picture book retelling of Cinderella written by Lynn Roberts and illustrated by David Roberts. I found this book through a GoodReads list of Cinderella retellings. This retelling is set in the art deco era of the 1930s, and the illustrations are smash hit. They are reminiscent of a Vogue catalogue, tall, thin, wispy fabric with lines still semi-visible beneath. They evoke a very extravagant and idyllic city life. That perfect life is exactly what Gret Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001) is picture book retelling of Cinderella written by Lynn Roberts and illustrated by David Roberts. I found this book through a GoodReads list of Cinderella retellings. This retelling is set in the art deco era of the 1930s, and the illustrations are smash hit. They are reminiscent of a Vogue catalogue, tall, thin, wispy fabric with lines still semi-visible beneath. They evoke a very extravagant and idyllic city life. That perfect life is exactly what Greta, the “Cinderella” of the story, is shown to have at the start. From there, the story contains much of the same key aspects of the original tale, only updated to the time period in language and small cultural details (a limo instead of a carriage). There is only one major twist upon the tale that challenges social and cultural norms of the original tale. This would be a great picture book to include in any Cinderella unit or for any seven year old and up because of the complexity of language present. While the art is beautiful and is worth viewing on its own, the plot is largely unchanged and unsurprising. This might make an interesting piece to read alongside a 1930s unit to analyze cultural inclusion. Really interesting illustrations and setting for a retelling!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Cinderella, An Art Deco Love Story was quite an interesting take on the classic. Retold by Lynn Roberts and Illustrated by Favid Roberts, the story was set in the roaring 1920's. The illustrations were glitzy, colorful, and detailed. The furniture, vehicles, and clothing were magically illustrated to represent the Art Deco time period. It was fantastic that Cinderella was wearing a flapper dress! Lynn Roberts did make some changes to this version of Cinderella, which could be fun for children to Cinderella, An Art Deco Love Story was quite an interesting take on the classic. Retold by Lynn Roberts and Illustrated by Favid Roberts, the story was set in the roaring 1920's. The illustrations were glitzy, colorful, and detailed. The furniture, vehicles, and clothing were magically illustrated to represent the Art Deco time period. It was fantastic that Cinderella was wearing a flapper dress! Lynn Roberts did make some changes to this version of Cinderella, which could be fun for children to find and discover. For example, in this story Cinderella heard about the ball on the radio, and her father is alive in the story (flat character). Greta and Roderick, Elvira and Ermintrude (stepmother/father and stepsisters) had harsh, yet humorous expressions. I feel this would be a worthwhile addition to a Cinderella or Fairy Tale unit of study in the K-2 classroom. In addition, I believe this picture book would be very useful if studying an Art Deco time period in Art or the general studies classroom! This story would also be an exciting book for young children to read at home with family!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Guido

    Awards the book has received (if any): None Appropriate grade level(s): Kindergarten through Second grade Original summary: This tells the classic story of Cinderella, a girl who has an evil stepmother and stepsisters. She is banned from attending the ball, but with the help of her fairy godmother sneaks off anyways and falls in love with the Prince. Original review: The illustrations bring her to a new time period and transforms this classic tale into a new story. 1-2 possible in-class uses: This Awards the book has received (if any): None Appropriate grade level(s): Kindergarten through Second grade Original summary: This tells the classic story of Cinderella, a girl who has an evil stepmother and stepsisters. She is banned from attending the ball, but with the help of her fairy godmother sneaks off anyways and falls in love with the Prince. Original review: The illustrations bring her to a new time period and transforms this classic tale into a new story. 1-2 possible in-class uses: This could be used to compare or discuss the importance of setting and illustrations in literature.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    The father is absent minded and blind w/out glasses, and that's his excuse for seeing his daughter sleep in rags in the kitchen and do all the housework? The fairy godmother is random. There's no explanation for the insta-love. Cinderella keeps the insulting nickname. The pictures are ugly (almost spoiling my impression of the loveliness that was the Art Deco movement). Stupid and unnecessary addition to the pantheon of so many books that are so much better. (Well, kinda... the base story itself The father is absent minded and blind w/out glasses, and that's his excuse for seeing his daughter sleep in rags in the kitchen and do all the housework? The fairy godmother is random. There's no explanation for the insta-love. Cinderella keeps the insulting nickname. The pictures are ugly (almost spoiling my impression of the loveliness that was the Art Deco movement). Stupid and unnecessary addition to the pantheon of so many books that are so much better. (Well, kinda... the base story itself isn't of much value and needs to be adapted to be worthwhile....)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I dunno, I feel like the best part of this retelling is the fact that (view spoiler)[the dad is still alive the whole time and just completely uninterested and unaware of his wife's mistreatment of his daughter (hide spoiler)] . The rest of it is just this weird almost-humor, almost-sincere voice that I can't tell whether this is a legit picture book meant for children or if it is meant for adult entertainment in that genre of smug, fake picture books, which I fucking hate, and as a result it's j I dunno, I feel like the best part of this retelling is the fact that (view spoiler)[the dad is still alive the whole time and just completely uninterested and unaware of his wife's mistreatment of his daughter (hide spoiler)] . The rest of it is just this weird almost-humor, almost-sincere voice that I can't tell whether this is a legit picture book meant for children or if it is meant for adult entertainment in that genre of smug, fake picture books, which I fucking hate, and as a result it's just this mess that doesn't know where it belongs.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jade Contreras

    This book is a version of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with a very fashion-oriented theme. Cinderella's father brings home a new stepmother and daughters who are very mean to Cinderella. Cinderella longs to attend the ball, but is not allowed to go. With a little magic, Cinderella is able to go, but must leave early- causing her to leave one shoe behind. This book would be great for third graders. This book is a version of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with a very fashion-oriented theme. Cinderella's father brings home a new stepmother and daughters who are very mean to Cinderella. Cinderella longs to attend the ball, but is not allowed to go. With a little magic, Cinderella is able to go, but must leave early- causing her to leave one shoe behind. This book would be great for third graders.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela Robbins

    I thought that this was a very cool retelling of Cinderella. This time, it takes place in the 1920's. The plot is very similar to the traditional Cinderella, except in this retelling her father is alive. Otherwise then that, the plot was the same and the only changes had to do with the time period change. The illustrations were very pretty and a great depiction of that time. I thought that this was a very cool retelling of Cinderella. This time, it takes place in the 1920's. The plot is very similar to the traditional Cinderella, except in this retelling her father is alive. Otherwise then that, the plot was the same and the only changes had to do with the time period change. The illustrations were very pretty and a great depiction of that time.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    The story of Cinderella, with a 20s flapper twist. This was a lot of fun!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nice idea and I loved the car instead of the pumpkin. But the people were a bit creepy with long, thin arms and fingers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    djgalvan Sonia Galvan

    the illustrations are meh, girls liked it tho

  16. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Daly

    Title: Cinderella An Art Deco Love Story Author: Lynn Roberts Illustrator: David Roberts Genre: European Folktale Theme(s): family, wealth, unfairness, animals, and fairytale Opening line/sentence: “In a time not too long ago and in a land much like our own, there lived a young and beautiful girl.” Brief Book Summary: Cinderella’s single father goes to the city and returns with a nasty, evil stepmother and stepsisters for Cinderella. The king is having a ball for the prince to find his princess and C Title: Cinderella An Art Deco Love Story Author: Lynn Roberts Illustrator: David Roberts Genre: European Folktale Theme(s): family, wealth, unfairness, animals, and fairytale Opening line/sentence: “In a time not too long ago and in a land much like our own, there lived a young and beautiful girl.” Brief Book Summary: Cinderella’s single father goes to the city and returns with a nasty, evil stepmother and stepsisters for Cinderella. The king is having a ball for the prince to find his princess and Cinderella’s evil stepmother will do everything possible to make sure Cinderella is not his princess. Cinderella’s fairy godmother gets her ready to attend the ball where losing her shoe results in the prince being able to find her and ultimately, get married. Professional Recommendation/Review #1: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D. (Children's Literature) Set in the 1930s, this retelling retains the spirit of the traditional French tale within the framework of Art Deco style. Greta cheerfully accepts her change of circumstances when her father absentmindedly marries a woman he meets while not wearing his glasses. The stepmother and her daughters take over Greta's clothing, her room and her life. Roberts has presented an authentic look of the period in both the fashions and settings. Wallpaper, furnishings and pottery of the era are subtly depicted as background to the story. Cinderella hears the news of the royal ball on the radio. Her fairy godmother provides her with a gorgeous white gown and accessories and sends her off in a Rolls Royce. An amusing book to add to the Cinderella collection. Professional Recommendation/Review #2: Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly) Flapper fashions and a posh, Gatsby-esque mansion situate this fairy tale in the Jazz Age. Cinderella sports a blond bob and has kohl-rimmed eyes. Her kindly father marries a regally witchy, fur-swathed woman with two gangly daughters, "Elvira and Ermintrude. Elvira was as wicked as Ermintrude was dim, and Ermintrude was very, very dim." They lounge in wicker garden chairs while Cinderella launders their silk stockings (with a hand-cranked wringer) and tidies the kitchen (where everything from the ceramic coffee service to the toaster to the electric wall-socket is period specific). At party time, a ghostly godmother attires Cinderella in a gauzy beaded gown, then transforms four white mice and two glowworms into the wheels and headlights of a silver roadster. Lynn Roberts's concise storytelling directs attention to her brother's meticulous illustrations. David Roberts alludes to the 1920s and '30s with designer wallpaper, fan-shaped mirrors and Japanese screens, while remembering to forward the plot with pratfalls and drama. Clumsy Ermintrude can't keep her nose out of Elvira's feather headband, and hesitant, graceful Cinderella moves smoothly among the flamboyant types in the supporting cast. With this volume's attention to accessories and interior decoration, the familiar story and the Prohibition era make a perfect fit. Response to Two Professional Reviews: I really appreciated how the Phyllis Kennemer and Publishers Weekly focused on the 1930s/“Gatsby-esque” theme throughout this fairytale, this is something that is done very well and kept true to character throughout the book. Although, this is done very purposefully, I do believe it gets lost due to it’s disconnect to the main plot of the story. The illustrations are done extremely well and do add a lot of pizazz and fun to the story, but they do not play an integral role throughout considering the story itself does not change from the traditional movie version of Cinderella. Evaluation of Literary Elements: Something that I found very interesting from the visual elements of this story were how Cinderella was displayed extremely small ever since the evil stepmother came into the story. Cinderella appeared to be smaller than things like her own dusting instrument and always appeared miniscule in the background of the evil stepmother and stepsisters making her seem weak. Relating to Molly Bang, the evil stepmother and sisters had pointed noses and chins and were always shown in red. The plot is very predictable with a traditional happy ending to a child-friendly fairytale where Cinderella finds her prince in the end and they live happily ever after. Consideration of Instructional Application: Something that I would have my students try would be to change the ending to the story. I would prompt them by saying something along the lines of, “What if Prince Charming never found Cinderella, what would happen next in any of the characters from the story lives? The class could also do an activity on learning to tell time, similarly to when Cinderella had to watch the clock to make sure it was before twelve. After learning to tell time we would do a lesson on being on time and the importance of time, I would talk about being on time for school and the problems with being late, relating that to Cinderella transforming back to her normal clothes.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Draper

    This retelling of Cinderella is absolutely fabulous. The story is set during the Art Deco period in the USA and pays close attention to the detail of the time period. The dust jacket points out that the illustrator included Clarice Cliff coffee cups, paintings by Augustus John and Tamara de Lempicka and instead of a carriage she rides off to the ball in a white Rolls Royce! The story begins with Greta enjoying life with her eccentric father who can't see without his glasses. When he goes in town This retelling of Cinderella is absolutely fabulous. The story is set during the Art Deco period in the USA and pays close attention to the detail of the time period. The dust jacket points out that the illustrator included Clarice Cliff coffee cups, paintings by Augustus John and Tamara de Lempicka and instead of a carriage she rides off to the ball in a white Rolls Royce! The story begins with Greta enjoying life with her eccentric father who can't see without his glasses. When he goes in town he comes back with a new wife and her two daughters. The story continues as other Cinderella stories do until a "kindly woman" appears and tells Greta (now Cinderella because she spends so much time in the cinders of the fire) that she is going to the ball and to go outside and "fetch a stout gray rat, a large leek, four white mice, and two glowworms". When she goes outside after dressing she finds that the things she has gathered has turned into a huge white Rolls Royce. When the clock tolled midnight Cinderella, as many other Cinderella's, runs down the steps away from the prince she has enjoyed dancing with all night and looses a glass slipper. Lucky for her she slipped the other shoe into her pocket. The search was on for the woman whose foot fit into the glass slipper. In the end, it is Cinderella's innocent father who encourages his daughter to try on the shoe and as they say.....they all lived happily ever after.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tammy J

    This story has a bit of a different twist. At the beginning, the story starts out talking about a girl who lived with her father because the mother had passed away. He goes off to a meeting and comes back married. The woman he marries is mean and so are the daughters. She has nice things but the stepmother decides that she needs to give it all to her daughters. She is snotty and rude. She tells her to go find somewhere else in the house to live because her daughters need her room. You feel so so This story has a bit of a different twist. At the beginning, the story starts out talking about a girl who lived with her father because the mother had passed away. He goes off to a meeting and comes back married. The woman he marries is mean and so are the daughters. She has nice things but the stepmother decides that she needs to give it all to her daughters. She is snotty and rude. She tells her to go find somewhere else in the house to live because her daughters need her room. You feel so sorry for poor Gretta. She lives in the Kitchen and even her father calls her Cinderella because he thinks it's a term of endearment not a name that means something different. I don't like the illustrations that much. The faces do portray the way the family is so snobby. The fairy godmother was a ghost in this story and made Cinderella go and get a stout gray rat, a large leek four white mice, and two glowworms. You can tell this is set back many years. Everything about the ball and the prince are on the radio. It shows how having money means you have nice things. You could use this with younger to upper elementary students to explain class, society, history of money and even incorporate math. The last page is hilarious it spoke about how Cinderella lives happily ever after and almost let the sisters come to the wedding. The wedding photo has them making silly faces. Forgiving others is another theme.

  19. 4 out of 5

    (NS) Panagiota Angelos

    In the book, Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story, Greta lives at home with her father, who after a two week trip comes back with a new wife and two daughters. Her new wicked stepmother takes Greta’s belongings and kicks her out of her bedroom and forces her to sleep in the kitchen. She eventually is nicknamed Cinderella because she is always covered with cinders and dust. While cleaning the house, Greta hears an announcement for a royal ball on the radio. Her two stepsisters make sure Cinderella In the book, Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story, Greta lives at home with her father, who after a two week trip comes back with a new wife and two daughters. Her new wicked stepmother takes Greta’s belongings and kicks her out of her bedroom and forces her to sleep in the kitchen. She eventually is nicknamed Cinderella because she is always covered with cinders and dust. While cleaning the house, Greta hears an announcement for a royal ball on the radio. Her two stepsisters make sure Cinderella has no time to prepare for the ball by forcing extra chores on her, and then they leave her at home. That is until a fairy appears and magically turns Greta’s rags into a stunning white dress. At the ball, it’s love at first sight when Prince Roderick sees Cinderella. They dance the night away and when it turns midnight she rushes home. Prince finds her glass slipper on the steps and vows to find the love of his life. The roaring 1920’s are back with this version of Cinderella. Step back into the Jazz Age with your students; a time where women wore the new flapper style of clothing and art deco was at its peak. The cars, clothing, makeup, hair dos, jewelry and household items are portrayed perfectly by the illustrator. I especially loved Greta’s Rolls Royce, which drove her to the ball.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    We recently read Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by the sister/brother team of Lynn Roberts and David Roberts. It was an interesting, modern take on a classic fairy tale. When I wrote the review for that book, I discovered that this author/illustrator pair wrote more books like this. We definitely wanted to check them out as well. This book was a fun take on the Cinderella story, set in the 1930s. I liked the story and I loved the illustrations, but I didn't have the same kind of nostalgic reaction We recently read Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale by the sister/brother team of Lynn Roberts and David Roberts. It was an interesting, modern take on a classic fairy tale. When I wrote the review for that book, I discovered that this author/illustrator pair wrote more books like this. We definitely wanted to check them out as well. This book was a fun take on the Cinderella story, set in the 1930s. I liked the story and I loved the illustrations, but I didn't have the same kind of nostalgic reaction to the story like I did with Rapunzel: A Groovy Fairy Tale. Overall, we've liked these fresh, interesting versions of the classic stories and we are looking forward to reading Little Red: A Fizzingly Good Yarn next. We hope they collaborate on more stories.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    "Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story was written by Lynn Roberts-Maloney and was published in 2001. In this story Greta's (Cinderella) new family members mistreat her and they won’t let her go to the ball. An angel/”kindly woman” helps her get ready and go to the ball instead of a fairy god-mother. While at the ball she meets and dances with the prince. While at the ball she loses her glass slipper leaving trying to make it home by midnight. The prince comes with her lost shoe and her dad speaks "Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story was written by Lynn Roberts-Maloney and was published in 2001. In this story Greta's (Cinderella) new family members mistreat her and they won’t let her go to the ball. An angel/”kindly woman” helps her get ready and go to the ball instead of a fairy god-mother. While at the ball she meets and dances with the prince. While at the ball she loses her glass slipper leaving trying to make it home by midnight. The prince comes with her lost shoe and her dad speaks up for her and says she gets to try it on just like her sisters. The slipper fits and Greta and the prince get married. Greta even forgives her stepmother and stepsisters at the end. I enjoyed all of the clothing and decorations in the home because they looked very accurate to the time (set in the 1920's). The fact that they show her forgiving her sisters at the end is valuable and I am glad it was included and could be used to talk about forgiveness int he classroom. I’m also glad that her dad finally takes a small bit of action near the end. This could be used to talk about taking action when something we know wrong or unfair is happening to make changes. This book would be appropriate for lower elementary aged students 1-3rd grade. (Assignment #2).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    A slight twist on Cinderella set in the 1930s with Greta and Roderick, Elvira and Ermintrude. Fantastic illustrations! The story is good, fun (glow worms!) but the shine comes from David Robert whose pen illustrations prove he delights in details. "Flapper fashions and a posh, Gatsby-esque mansion...[where] Cinderella sports a blond bob and has kohl-rimmed eyes."* Great fun. Perhaps it'll find more fans in adults than kids, although the draw is there. This is a book meant to be read one-on-one no A slight twist on Cinderella set in the 1930s with Greta and Roderick, Elvira and Ermintrude. Fantastic illustrations! The story is good, fun (glow worms!) but the shine comes from David Robert whose pen illustrations prove he delights in details. "Flapper fashions and a posh, Gatsby-esque mansion...[where] Cinderella sports a blond bob and has kohl-rimmed eyes."* Great fun. Perhaps it'll find more fans in adults than kids, although the draw is there. This is a book meant to be read one-on-one not during group storytimes. Let the kids pour over the pictures. *Wish I could take credit for those descriptions but I can't. They're from the SLJ review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Yasmin Gomez Geng

    Cinderella has been moved to the 1930s in this lovely reimagining of the fairy tale. The fashion is bright and flashy and the announcement of the ball is made over the radio. It's the time in which Art Deco shines everywhere. Greta, though she is called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsister, is now doing everyone's laundry and fetching clothes for her new stepsisters. After finding out about the ball, Cinderella is upset to find that she can't go. Until she receives a special visit. Grade: K Cinderella has been moved to the 1930s in this lovely reimagining of the fairy tale. The fashion is bright and flashy and the announcement of the ball is made over the radio. It's the time in which Art Deco shines everywhere. Greta, though she is called Cinderella by her stepmother and stepsister, is now doing everyone's laundry and fetching clothes for her new stepsisters. After finding out about the ball, Cinderella is upset to find that she can't go. Until she receives a special visit. Grade: Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Topic: Fairy Tales, Time Periods in the US (1930s), Fashion, Good/Bad Behavior

  24. 5 out of 5

    Fairlita

    Bought this book together with Bound (Donna Jo Napoli) and Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story (Carolyn Turgeon) for comparison purpose. They are all versions/variants/adaptations of the Cinderella story. The stars are for the wonderful, well-researched, fashionable illustration. The story itself, of course, is the classic rags-to-riches fairy tale every child knows and most grown-up dream about. ;-)

  25. 4 out of 5

    A

    This is a really cool adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. However, this story is set in the 20's or 30's and Cinderella's father doesn't die, he is just kind of oblivious to what is going on. The stepmother is just as mean as ever and in the end Cinderella still gets the Prince. The illustrations are a beautiful depiciton of the Art Deco period. This book is appropriate for students in grades K-3. This is a really cool adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. However, this story is set in the 20's or 30's and Cinderella's father doesn't die, he is just kind of oblivious to what is going on. The stepmother is just as mean as ever and in the end Cinderella still gets the Prince. The illustrations are a beautiful depiciton of the Art Deco period. This book is appropriate for students in grades K-3.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria Hiam

    This is a really cool adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. However, this story is set in the 20's or 30's and Cinderella's father doesn't die, he is just kind of oblivious to what is going on. The stepmother is just as mean as ever and in the end Cinderella still gets the Prince. The illustrations are a beautiful depiciton of the Art Deco period. This book is appropriate for students in grades K-3. This is a really cool adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Cinderella. However, this story is set in the 20's or 30's and Cinderella's father doesn't die, he is just kind of oblivious to what is going on. The stepmother is just as mean as ever and in the end Cinderella still gets the Prince. The illustrations are a beautiful depiciton of the Art Deco period. This book is appropriate for students in grades K-3.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    An "art deco" style picture book version of a classic fairytale! This one has a long sleek roadster instead of a golden coach, and Cinderella and her sisters wear sassy Flapper outfits instead of the typical finery seen in most other versions of this tale. The artwork is very good indeed, and supremely humorous. A fun re-telling of the story everyone knows. An "art deco" style picture book version of a classic fairytale! This one has a long sleek roadster instead of a golden coach, and Cinderella and her sisters wear sassy Flapper outfits instead of the typical finery seen in most other versions of this tale. The artwork is very good indeed, and supremely humorous. A fun re-telling of the story everyone knows.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I LOVE this version! The retelling - set in the flapper era - is brillant and the illustrations are hilarious. Love it! Also, this version has the classic set of evil step sister and silly step sister - and the look on teh sily step sister's face when the royal ball invite comes never fails to Crack. Me. Up. I LOVE this version! The retelling - set in the flapper era - is brillant and the illustrations are hilarious. Love it! Also, this version has the classic set of evil step sister and silly step sister - and the look on teh sily step sister's face when the royal ball invite comes never fails to Crack. Me. Up.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    David Roberts. Always a treat. Love that he wrote in the back about his approach and what influenced his take on Cinderella. Wish all illustrators and authors would do this in picture books. The expressiveness of the characters' faces and bodies in this is exceptional. The treatment of the garments and fabrics astounding. Worth a look. David Roberts. Always a treat. Love that he wrote in the back about his approach and what influenced his take on Cinderella. Wish all illustrators and authors would do this in picture books. The expressiveness of the characters' faces and bodies in this is exceptional. The treatment of the garments and fabrics astounding. Worth a look.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I'm a big fan of the illustrations! These 1920s and 1930s-inspired drawings are very unique, interesting, and fun. I'm not a big fan of the retelling in this case, though, since it is too cliche to be anything special. I'm a big fan of the illustrations! These 1920s and 1930s-inspired drawings are very unique, interesting, and fun. I'm not a big fan of the retelling in this case, though, since it is too cliche to be anything special.

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