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Cinderella Skeleton

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,182 Ratings  ·  197 Reviews
This ghoulish gal will steal your heart--just like she stole Prince Charnel's!

Poor Cinderella Skeleton! Her evil stepsisters treat her with scorn and work her from dawn till dusk. But when Prince Charnel hosts his famous Halloween Ball, Cindy finally gets her chance to shine. With the help of a good witch, Cinderella Skeleton is transformed into the belle of the ball and s

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Feb 21, 2016 Manybooks rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: children who enjoy fun and/or spooky adaptations of fairy tales
A quirky, fun and deliciously ghoulish adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale, this is a perfect story for a Halloween read-aloud (I don't want to give away too many spoilers, but Cinderella and all of the other characters are skeletons, they live in a mausoleum, and the Prince's name is Prince Charnel, instead of Prince Charming, perfect). Although some sensitive, easily spooked children might find the lush, descriptively ghoulish illustrations a bit creepy (parents should make sure that the i ...more

“Cinderella Skeleton” is a Halloween version of the classic fairy tale by the master of storytelling, Robert D. San Souci, along with spooky illustrations by David Catrow. This book is about a young and beautiful (according to her spooky world) skeleton named Cinderella Skeleton who wants to go to the Halloween Ball and dance with Prince Charnel. “Cinderella Skeleton” might be a bit too scary for smaller children, but older children will definitely love this creepy retelling of the classic fairy
Illustrated with morbid hilarity and told in brilliant rhyme, this popular Hallowe’en book is a year round favourite at our house.

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L13F_Jana Wilkening
Oct 06, 2013 L13F_Jana Wilkening rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this version of Cinderella. The story is almost exactly the same as the traditional Disney version, however the "twist" is that the main characters are all skeletons! Instead of losing a glass slipper, Cinderella's foot bone snaps off! So the prince searches the land while skeletons everywhere snap off their foot bones in the hope that the foot bone he has will fit! The reasons I loved this story are twofold: the poetic language and the illustrations. This story is written in poetry form ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing
"Your teeth like polished kidney stones"

This is a children's retelling of Cinderella. It's short and took about 5 minutes to read.
I really enjoyed the poetic aspect of the story, and the illustrations were stunning- enough to earn 5 stars all on their own.
Mar 20, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grade three and up with a taste for creepy stories and detailed illustrations
Recommended to Brenda by: School Librarian
Shelves: picture-books
This is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella written in rhyme. However, the author cleverly makes Cinderella a skeleton who lives with her terrible stepmother and stepsisters in a mausoleum. I certainly enjoy the choice of names like Skreech, Gristlene and Bony-Jane. Cinderella Skeleton is even hoping to meet her Prince Charnel. David Catrow's detailed illustrations are spooking, humorous and add just the right touch of creepiness to this wonderful story.
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Such a magical tale told in an odd but beautiful taste. This book was a gem to read as it had a Tim Burton feel to it. My son and I loved this book. I especially loved the beautiful breath taking illustrations. Now I'm trying to restrain my self from cutting pictures out of this boardbook!!
We loved all the little plays on skeletons and graveyards, but I wanted a bigger twist to the story. Yes, of course I did. I'm predictable in my love of twists. Me, O. Henry, and Rod Serling.
An Abundance of Books
This is the story, told in verse, of Cinderella Skeleton, her cruel stepfamily (Stepmother Skreech and stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane), and how her decision to take action changed her life.

Cinderella Skeleton "everything a ghoul should be", dank hair, yellow nails, green teeth - she was the foulest in the land. She spent all night slaving away, arranging dead flowers, hanging up cobwebs, feeding the bats, so much work so little time. When she was not allowed to attend Prince Charnel's "frig
Ch_beth Rice
Feb 07, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci follows the traditional Cinderella closely with changes that make it a spookier story with some dark humor. Rather cleaning the home, Cinderella Skeleton must streak the windows, scatter leaves on the floors, and hang cobwebs. When going to the Halloween Ball, the good witch living in the forest provides Cinderella Skeleton with a hearse with part horse and part dragon creatures. When leaving the ball rather simply loosing her shoe, Cinderella Skeleton’ ...more
Aug 22, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing
As you may have noticed, I have a fondness for the odd and offbeat in books. Something about the quirkiness calls to my black and twisted heart. Edward Gorey is my hero. I want to hang out in a bar with Angus Oblong and Tim Burton. But a Gashlycrumb Tinies, a Creepy Susie, or a Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy comes along so rarely that I am forced to look beyond the borders of books for grown-ups and take my search to the kids department, where occasionally I am rewarded beyond my wildest (or str ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This story offers a very interesting and creative take on the classic Cinderella fairytale. The story and illustrations are extremely reminiscent of The Nightmare Before Christmas and the story has a creepy, yet sweet feel to it. (view spoiler)

We enjoyed reading this story together, but it was certainly not our favorite ve
Stacy Fetters
Apr 13, 2016 Stacy Fetters rated it liked it
Cinderella Skeleton will steal your heart and your foot.
A dark version of Cinderella for fans of the macabre. Same old story, instead of cleaning she puts up cobwebs and dead flowers... instead of losing a shoe, she loses her foot.
Quirky dead fun for all!
Jun 06, 2009 Laura rated it liked it
This book is a cross between Tim Burton's two films 'The Corpse Bride' and 'Nightmare Before Christmas' mixed with the generic Cinderella story. It is a very odd mixture. There were some things that I thought were a little too creepy, and some things that almost made me smirk. Still, this book was just a little to0 off for my tastes. I would be wary of recommending it to young children. The illustrations do their fair share of portraying the story and might frighten some kids.

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This book was delightful. For all you dark fantasy-types, for all you "Once Upon A Time" types, for all you "dark humor" types, this book is for you. And I'm talking about myself here as well. The illustrations were whimsical and this was a truly unique interpretation of the most retold folk tale of all time. Every culture has a Cinderella/Aschenputtel tale, and none that I've seen incorporate modern America's fixation on hauntings quite as seamlessly as this version. I think children would real ...more
(NS)Jennifer Reiner
This book uses difficult vocabulary and rhyme to tell another story of Cinderella. Cinderella Skeleton lives in a mausoleum with her terrible stephmother, Skreech, and stepsisters Gristlene and Bony-Jane. One day when the Halloween Ball invitation arrives, a goodland witch helps her get ready for the ball. When running from Prince Charnel at sunrise, her slippered foot comes off. The terrible step family shrivels into dust. Older students will find this story to be entertaining yet somewhat dist ...more
Kimberly Hirsh
Jun 03, 2016 Kimberly Hirsh rated it it was amazing
Cinderella Skeleton is a fairytale retold for goths. Our familiar friend Cindy isn’t sweeping up the house anymore. Now her chores include hanging cobwebs, arranging dead flowers, littering the floor with dust and leaves, and feeding bats. Her stepmother and stepsisters are still evil, though, and when the marvelously dead Prince Charnel hosts a ball, they do everything they can to keep her away.

You know this story, though, so you know that it all ends well. When Prince Charnel finds Cinderella
Sep 23, 2015 Bsrusse1 rated it it was amazing
Robert D. San Souci and David Catrow's Cinderella Skeleton will make you feel that even though the characters are of the un-dead, your own heart will warm at such a lovely adaptation of the classic Cinderella. Funny how it seems even in death there is still love to be found. The story begins with a description of Cinderella's home and how her step-mother and sisters have her do all the chores around the crypt, which included draping the ceilings and corners in spider webs, scattering the floors ...more
Memory Kopp
Feb 09, 2014 Memory Kopp rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully ghoulish retelling of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. This story follows the basis of the original Cinderella story with many fun and creepy twists. Instead of a beautiful maiden who sweeps the chimney for her mean step mother this is a skeleton who hangs up cobwebs and dead flowers for her mean step mother. There is still a prince be he is not a handsome dreamy prince he is the skeletal prince Charnal. There is still a ball not a fancy crystal ball but an eerie Hallowee ...more
Phally Pech
Oct 06, 2014 Phally Pech rated it it was amazing
Cinderella Skeleton is a fun, spooky and ghoulish adaptation of the Cinderella fairy tale. The book tells a story about a beautiful skeleton named, Cinderella Skeleton. Like the original fairy tale, Cinderella Skeleton lives with her evil Step mother and her two evil Step sister, Gristlene, and Bony-Jane. Her step mother and step sisters treated her with jealousy and hatred, as they fill her days with chores. One day, when the family was invited to attend a ball, Cinderella was told that she was ...more
Jamie Therriault
Estimate of age level of interest: 1st-4th grade
Estimate of reading level: 3rd-4th grade

Brief Description: Cinderella Skeleton is treated poorly by her mean step sisters and mother. She wants to go to the Halloween Ball but her step mother says no. Cinderella Skeleton finds a way to go anyway.

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This picture book is filled with beautiful, and colorful illustrations that correspond nicely with t
Nov 01, 2014 Ruth rated it really liked it
A dear friend gave me this book for my birthday (2014), knowing how much I love both fairy tales and Halloween themes. A guess this was--pun intended--a 'no brainer' gift. For our sweet Cinderella certainly has none; she's a skeleton girl in reality, waiting to arrange dead flowers at home and adorn the house with spider's webs.

It's an amusing and poignant little tale, complete with gorgeous illustrations by David Catrow. It's plenty macabre, too (which other version of the fairytale would ever
Rina Lopez
May 25, 2016 Rina Lopez rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This version of Cinderella was interesting. The illustration are well develop the colors the author used are dark colors because is mister and creepy. Young children will love this story for Halloween.
A Bookworm Reading (Plethora)
This was an absolutely delightful Halloween twisted version of Cinderella. It was spooky, but not overly frightening. I absolutely loved the pictures that went along with the story. The story line will be easily recognized as following the well known Cinderella story with the evil step-family, a prince charming and a magical fairy godmother, of course all with a twist.
Alexis Kydon
Dec 06, 2014 Alexis Kydon rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Cinderella Skeleton is based off of Cinderella. It's weird to think because both of the stories are very similar. the biggest differences are the circumstances. Cinderella in this case is dead. She's skeleton. I think that this is important because there are just spooky things about it. Cinderella is someone that loses her shoe in the original American version. In this version, she loses her foot. It's legit like a piece of her leg. This makes it funny, but at the same time it seems somewhat wor ...more
Stephanie Hawkins
Mar 06, 2008 Stephanie Hawkins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: picture-books
This is my other favorite Cinderella story (see Cinder Edna). Cinderella Skeleton has to put dirt and cobwebs *into* the house for her chores, and instead of losing her slipper, her whole ankle bone snaps off. It's absolutely hilarious, and the illustrations are wonderful. A truly original version of the fairy tale.
Aug 06, 2008 Muz rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are what drew me to this. They are just delicious in an Edward Gorey/Tim burton kind of way. The story is straight up Cinderella, except that she loses a bit more than just her shoe....

Very cute book. Children's books shouldn't always be bright rainbows and cheery flowers!
Julia Brumfield
Apr 02, 2015 Julia Brumfield rated it liked it
Shelves: book, cinderella
An interesting concept for Cinderella although not one for many people. Although the story isn't gruesome or ugly enough to be nightmarish it is still a bit on the macabre side, especially when it comes to losing her slipper.

The story had to be altered of course to fit into the whole skeleton theme but the changes didn't take away but added onto the story. The imagination required to keep this theme going is what gives the book dimension.

The artwork was dark enough to keep the same atmosphere
We read this last night. This is a really fun Halloween Story. Although it is a Cinderella story it has a fun twist, instead of losing her shoe the prince pulls off her foot. I know it is a little gory, but it makes me chuckle. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Gabrielle Rullamas
Nov 28, 2014 Gabrielle Rullamas rated it really liked it
The Tale of cinderella that takes place in the world of the dead ( style similar to the Corpse Bride by tim burton).Cinderella a beautiful skeleton girl wants to go to the Ball but is not allowed because of her mean stepmother. Sounds too good to be true! Luckily it's not this Version of cinderella is beautifully done with spooky illustration that are so much fun to look at with all the detail put into them. The tale is told in a poetic way with a few twist it is very well done.The writing is so ...more
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