Cinderella and the Furry Slippers by Davide Cali
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: October 2017
Genres & Themes: Picture Book, Fairytale Retelling, Humor
Cinderella is dying to go to the ball. She’s seen pictures of the fancy castle and the handsome prince, she’s heard the fairy tales about true love, she’s found the perfect dress in Princess magazine and she’s even found an ad for a Fairy Godmother. She’s all set. Except the fairy godmother doesn’t look like the one in the ad. And the castle doesn’t look like the picture. And the prince . . . well, Cinderella decides her fairy-tale ending is going to look different–and be a whole lot more fun.
This is a strange one.
But I think we all already understand that from the title, because why would anyone wear furry flippers to a ball?
It wasn’t, however, Cinderella’s choice. Her godmother, the strange creature that she is, designed an outfit that no one could pay me enough money to wear. Cinderella went along with it, seeing that she trusts this lady, but when she arrives at the ball, she discovers more unfortunate news.
Turns out it’s not about being the most beautiful girl at the ball, but the most talented dancer on the floor.
This is a humorous story. The illustrations are as absurd as they can be, but they’re also very interesting to look at. I could never admit that this is a new classic everyone should be reading, but fractured fairy tales are supposed to be a peculiar kind of funny
One thing’s for sure: I was never once bored in the five minutes it took me to read this one and I was happy with the ending, even though, let’s face it, Cinderella’s reaction to the prince is like the prince in THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS’s reaction to the princess that comes to save him all dirtied and ridiculous-looking.
I have another retelling from this author that I’m diving into as we speak. This author’s imagination runs wild and I love it.
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