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Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother (The Other Side of the Story)

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OF COURSE you think Cinderella was the sweetest belle of the ball. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you...This fractured fairy tale provides a fresh perspective on a well-known tale.
Paperback, 24 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Picture Window Books (first published July 1st 2011)
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April Dawn
Sep 29, 2013 April Dawn rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying!

Short Description of the Book: In this story, the story of Cinderella is retold but from the point of view of the Wicked Stepmother.

FOCUS: Narrative Features I would Use in a Mini-Lesson:
1)Point of View: I would use this story to encourage students to think about how a story is different when it is told from different points of view. This particular story uses humor to show the entire Cinderella story from the view of the Wicked Stepmother. The
Oct 24, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Everyone knows the story of Cinderella and her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but maybe just maybe there is more to the story. Maybe Cinderella is not as innocent as she seems. According to her stepmother Cinderella never stops talking and the only reason she had to stay home from the ball was because she was sick. Could that be the truth?

I would recommend this story to teachers who want their students to learn that there is always more then one side to a story. For teachers of older students
Jan 22, 2016 Van rated it liked it
Surprisingly interesting! I love this version more than its original one. Eventhough it can't explain where the magic is from or whether it's real or not, I find this story so funny, and it has such happy ending for eveyone.

Raise your hand if any of you have ever been blamed for things that you didn’t do? [WAIT FOR RESPONSE] Or for something you didn’t mean to do on purpose, but was an accident? [WAIT FOR RESPONSE] Have you ever thought what a story would be like from another character’s point of view? Today we are going to read a story based on the classic fairytale, Cinderella. Before we start, I want you to think back to the early versions of Cinderella that we read before, what are some characteristics o
Jordan Brown
Feb 17, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-etl-2368
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother
Author: Trisha Speed Shaskan
Reading Level: ages 4-8

Speed Shaskan, T (2012). Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother Mankato, MN: Picture window Books

As the title suggests, this book is Cinderella told from the perspective of the wicked stepmother--who it turns out isn't wicked at all. In fact, she quite likes Cinderella. She's just not impressed
Broghan Schlicher
Nov 13, 2014 Broghan Schlicher rated it it was amazing
This book is called Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying as Told by the Wicked Stepmother. This book is a traditional literature book and is written by Trisha Speed Shaskan. This is such a great book with a great twist on a fairy tale. The story is told from the perspective of the evil stepmother, who really isn't that evil. She tells the story about her marrying Cinderella's father. When the father went away on business, the girls cleaned the house. Cindy (as they called her) would always get d ...more
Crystal Sleeman
Feb 09, 2014 Crystal Sleeman rated it really liked it
Opening: We've been talking about twisted fairy tales. Can someone remind me what makes a fairy tale "twisted"? (Pause for student response) The book we are going to read today is Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying! Can anyone remind me of the original tale of Cinderella that you may have heard in your childhood? (Pause for student response) This tale is called Seriously, Cinderella is so Annoying. Based on the title and the cover picture plus knowing we've been talking about twisted fairy tal ...more
Stephanie Huffman
May 01, 2015 Stephanie Huffman rated it really liked it
I recently picked up this book to read to my 5 year old daughter who is a fan of all things princess (like most young girls are). Cinderella happens to be her favorite.

This story is the classic story of Cinderella as told by her "wicked" step-mother. I've enjoyed other retellings of fairytales and this one wasn't any different. It was entertaining and fun to read. The only downfall is that it's not believable and it's repetitive. In other retellings, the story has been told with a little more d
Jun 17, 2016 EDUC535 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Seriously, Cinderella Is SO Annoying!: The Story of Cinderella as Told by the Wicked Stepmother written by Trisha Speed Shaskan is the book for you if you are over the basic fairytale. The story is told from the viewpoint of the jealous stepmother. In this version, Cinderella is treated well by every member of the family, but she is just too chatty and oh, so "annoying." The illustrations are friendly and colorful with their cartoon-like spin on the classic fairytale. Your students will love rea ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This version of Cinderella is told from the stepmother’s point of view. She tells that Cinderella is a constant storyteller and she has a very vivid imagination, making them up. As the stepmother puts it, she would not allow Cinderella to go to the ball because she lost her voice from telling so many stories. Cinderella managed to go to the ball with the help of the fairy godmother, danced with the Prince all night, and lost her glass slipper as she was leaving. The Prince came by the home and C ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Vrena rated it really liked it
This was a great exercise in viewing the other side of the story! I especially like the ideas at the back of the book as an example of distinguishing the differences in both the classic tell and the stepmother's version. This would be a great storytime lesson for elementary age kiddos
Lanae Zaragoza
Jun 08, 2016 Lanae Zaragoza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: edrd-614
This book tells the story of Cinderella from the perspective of the Wicked Stepmother. The author, Trisha Speed Shaskan puts a twist on the Traditional Literature, fairy tale which makes the story interesting and humorous. I enjoyed looking at the illustrations in the book. The images help the reader see the facial expressions of the characters and allows the reader to connect that to the text. The colors in the illustrations are bright, vibrant, descriptive and inviting to the reader. The font ...more
Nov 16, 2013 Carrie rated it really liked it
I love a good book that makes you look at the other side of things. This teaches kids to look at the other point of view in a story. In this case we learn that Cinderella was crazy and wouldn't shut up! Come one, the stepmother wasn't that bad was she?
Alicia Beaumier
Mar 20, 2015 Alicia Beaumier rated it it was amazing
I loved loved loved this book. I want to start out with the illustrations I think they were awesome and very corky like the book. The colors were very bright and vibrant. The font the author chose I think was a very good choice and really helped you stay focused on the story. The pictures really gave you a sense of what was going on.
The moral of the story was completely different of what the normal plot of Cinderella was and I felt like this was genius. I feel like giving the story a different
Michelle Geiger
Jun 25, 2012 Michelle Geiger rated it liked it
was cute, not quite as whimsical as I'd have hoped, but cute
Oct 02, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This story is a version of Cinderella written through the eyes of the stepmother. Knowing the story of Cinderella, it was fun to see the changes made in the stepmother’s version. There were similarities, but twists on the tale. Similarities included the characters of the stepmother and her two daughters, and the impact of the animals, even though the animals never talked. Additionally, Cinderella in the story is made to be unfavorable in the eyes of the stepmother because she talks too much and ...more
Apr 25, 2013 Nichole rated it really liked it
Seriously, Cinderella is SO Annoying! By Trisha Speed Shaskan
Trisha Speed Shaskan tells the traditional Cinderella tale but through the perspective of the wicked stepmother. The spin on this classic story will have children laughing out loud! The stepmother’s perspective is very logical and describes Cindy as a crazy girl. While I was reading this story I couldn’t help but think about how crazy Cinderella would have seemed talking and singing with animals. This is a great book to use for activit
Oct 17, 2013 Handan rated it it was ok
The title says it all. No, really.

My thoughts
The title gave me hope that this was going to be very clever or funny. It isn't, but it is still a good "gateway drug" of a book. This book is geared towards very young listener-readers/just beginning readers. The story is very bare; the only twists are that Cindy is a girl who just doesn't shut up (until the ball rolls around) and that the house is a mess. When the stepmother first arrives, she notices how dusty everything is, so all four ladies
Danielle Witter
Dec 06, 2012 Danielle Witter rated it liked it
This book was also not as good as the title suggested, but it was still okay.

Summary: This book is about the story of Cinderella, or Cindy as the Stepmother calls her, told from the point of view of the stepmother. The stepmother starts off talking about how she always wanted a husband and a mansion, so she ends up marrying Cinderella’s dad. But as soon as she stepped foot in the mansion, Cinderella’s dad left on what he called a business trip. Cinderella said he goes on business trips a lot. As
Kaitlin Larson
Apr 29, 2013 Kaitlin Larson rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-595-ag
This is the story of Cinderella both told through the eyes of the Stepmother. It is an interesting take on the story with lots of humor incorporated into it. The Stepmother tries to make herself out to be so helpful and not as evil as the original story makes her out to be. For example, the night of the ball Cinderella was actually sick and she was just trying to keep her home in order for her to stay well. It is a simply sillier version of the story. I use this book in my classroom as an exampl ...more
Maggie Burgess
Sep 19, 2015 Maggie Burgess rated it liked it
Cute idea, but not as good as some other books that share "other" perspectives. (Such as the Real Story of the Three Little Pigs...) Pretty short. Almost like a student project that someone saved until the night before- pretty quick and okay, but could have been more thought out and gone a bit deeper!
Jan 15, 2014 Abby rated it really liked it
Shelves: january
I really enjoyed this book! You never hear another person's side of the story of "Cinderella" so hearing it from the Step-mother was quite entertaining. Trisha Speed Shaskan wrote with such humor when describing Cinderella's personality and her incessive need to talk. The author made me as the audience feel sympathetic towards the step-mother and sisters and feel almost as if Cinderella didn't deserve what she got. Overall, I would LOVE to buy this book for my classroom or even myself!
Amanda Caple
The true story of Cinderella comes out with the step mothers point of view. She states that if Cinderella had not been so annoying, than she would not have needed to treat her the way that she did. This is a great story to teach point of view. The students could even write the story from the step sisters point of view. The story is funny and entertaining to read!
Ms. B
Apr 09, 2016 Ms. B rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, 2016, fairytale
This version of Cinderella is told from the wicked stepmother's point of view. Imagine what the story would be like if she was the narrator. Pair this one with Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! for another story that offers a different point of view.
Kathy Strahm
Feb 08, 2014 Kathy Strahm rated it really liked it
I liked it but not as much as a similar book-The True Story Of the Three Little Pigs as told by the Wolf. Both books are great in a fairy tale unit to teach point of view because each plot twists depending on whose telling the story:)
Mar 07, 2014 Kathee rated it liked it
Once upon a time there was a silly book about Cinderella that made me laugh all the way though it!!! Cindy talks NON STOP and her stepmother can't handle it!!! Thank goodness the prince takes her off her hands!!
Jan 30, 2016 Jamie rated it it was amazing
Read to my second graders and for MLIS class.
Love this retelling of Cinderella from the stepmother's point of view where Cinderella is a nutcase, airhead type of character. Kids enjoyed this fractured tale.
Nov 24, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I LOVED this version of Cinderella, told by the wicked Stepmother! Cinderella (Cindy) likes to tell stories-tall tales if you wish, about talking squirrels and bluebirds, etc. She talked so fast and finished her chores so quickly that the stepmother just had to keep her busy! On the night of an important ball, Cindy lost her voice and stepmother had to keep Cindy home-for her health, of course! When a mysterious, quiet woman who caught the prince's eye lost her shoe, the prince went house to hou ...more
Jan 28, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 01-folklore
Honestly this is one of my new favorite books! I love everything about it! We get to learn the usual Cinderella story, but told in the view of the Wicked Stepmother. Very interesting way to see how everyone has a side to the story! I love the art work, because it seems to totally fit all the characters well.
Liz Carrillo
Sep 25, 2014 Liz Carrillo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
This story is so funny, i mean it completely changed the way i saw Cinderlla as i read it. It is great to have the perspective of a different character. This book is really really good.
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