The Children’s Book Review | April 26, 2016
Written by Stephanie Clarkson
Illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover Book: 40 pages
Publisher: Scholastic (2015)
What to expect: Princesses, Fairy Tales, Retellings, Rhyming
Your favorite princesses are back in this charming retelling of popular fairy tales.
Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty are all fed up. Tired of living their own lives, they each decide to search out something better. Snow White can’t stand to clean up after seven dwarfs any longer (and who could blame her?) so she sets off for Rapunzel’s tower for some quality “me-time.” Rapunzel longs to see the world of glitz and glam, and heads for Cinderella’s charming date night with the prince at the royal ball. Cinderella, ready for a snooze after all that back-breaking work, finds herself in Sleeping Beauty’s super comfortable bed. Finally, Sleeping Beauty yearns to be busy – and what better way to keep busy than to take care of seven lazy dwarfs?
Alas, each girl finds that the grass is not always greener in another girl’s fairy tale. Will they realize their mistakes and come home? Will they work through their problems and see that running away was not the answer all along?
Of course they do. This is a fairy tale, after all! This beautifully illustrated book is a delight for children familiar with traditional fairy tales. The princesses are fun and cute, and the scenery is nicely done. The rhyming prose is impressive and makes re-reading more enjoyable. This is a clever take on a traditional fairy tale theme, with a welcome twist of standing up for oneself at the end. Highly recommended.
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About Stephanie Clarkson
Writer Stephanie Clarkson lives in leafy Surrey, England, with her husband, two young daughters, and a very hairy hound named Bob. Her ambition in life is to invent and patent an anti-mud device for dogs like Bob, who like hanging out in dirty puddles.Steph began her writing career as a journalist at Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, and she continues to write for the British press while dreaming up stories for children about strong-minded princesses and tech-obsessed owls.
About Brigette Barrager
Brigette Barrager is an artist, designer, illustrator, and writer of children’s books. She attended the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned a degree in character animation. Brigette spent some time at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios before taking the plunge into freelance, where she’s lived happily ever after. She resides in Los Angeles with her handsome husband, cute doggy, and a terrible cat.
Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups, written by Stephanie Clarkson and illustrated by Brigette Barrager, was reviewed by Denise Mealy. Discover more books like Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with Brigette Barrager, Cinderella, Fairy Tales, Fractured Fairy Tales, Princesses, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty.
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