I’m incredibly excited to be able to share this award-winning book with everyone, especially as one of you lovely lot will get to win a SIGNED copy of it! If you weren’t lucky enough to triumph in the giveaway over at Child-Led Chaos, then slip on your sparkly stilettos and shimmy on over to enter here at Story Seekers. All the entry details can be found at the end of this post.
‘Cinderelephant’ is a modern retelling of the classic Cinderella story. C and H therefore knew the basic plot pretty well, though were instantly attracted by the zingy illustrations and the fact the two stepsisters were warthogs!
When I was redoing all the story sacks for C’s nursery last summer, the Cinderella one proved particularly exciting for C and he became very attached to the single sparkly sandal that was in there. He took to walking around with it on at all times, creating a sort of wobbly, newborn foal effect as he struggled to balance the effect of the heel. I think he felt the experience gave him a deep connection to Cinderelephant and all the obstacles she faced, not least the fact that the warthogs were, “not being kind,” to their half-sister.
Both boys loved the Furry Godmouse…
…and thought that having a teeny little rodent to grant your wishes was WAY cooler than having a common-or-garden fairy godmother (and he was a *male* godmouse – we heartily approve of this reversal of the typical gender stereotype).
Personally though, my favourite spread just HAS to be this one:
You might need to enlarge the image to see what I’m getting at, but the dry humour in this book (making it a joy to read as an adult as well) I think is best exemplified by the text that corresponds to this image, “‘Wow, you look amazing! Go to the party and enjoy yourself,’ said the Furry Godmouse, ‘but, and it’s a big but…” Brilliant 😉
We all also loved the shapes the other animals threw on the dancefloor at the party and had a good guffaw at the whinging warthogs trying to fit their hooves into Cinderelephant’s shoe:
As this version of the traditional story sticks closely to the original, it will come as no surprise when I tell you that Cinderelephant and her prince are eventually reunited and that they live, “HUGELY happily ever after.” It can be tricky to know how you’ll feel about a story that you already know off by heart and there are no plot ‘twists’ in this version, as there are in some other retellings. However, Dodd’s interpretation of the text and her fresh, colourful illustrations are great fun and you’ve got to love any book that features a Furry Godmouse!
If you’d like to win a signed copy of this book, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. You can enter more than once by sharing this giveaway post on your Facebook page or blog, or by tweeting about it. You can copy and paste the following text if that makes it easier!
I’ve entered the giveaway over on the @StoryseekersUK blog to win a SIGNED copy of ‘Cinderelephant’ by @emmadodd2. Come and join in the fun!
You must leave a separate comment after this post for each entry for them to count. Comments must be posted by midnight on Monday, 4th February and I will pick the winner at 10am on Tuesday, 5th February (UK time). The winner will be chosen at random, using http://www.random.org and I will contact the winner after the draw for their address (you must live in the UK to enter) to pass on to Templar, who will send out the prize. I will also post the winner’s name on here.
Disclaimer: I was very kindly offered a signed copy of ‘Cinderelephant’ for this giveaway. However, in accordance with my review policy, I was not asked to write this post nor was I given any money for doing so. The review represents my own honest opinion.
5th February 2013 – this giveaway is now over. The prize was won by @JoannaGrayStory. Many thanks to all who entered!