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Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale

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In this story, loosely based on that of Cinderella but featuring dinosaurs, the duke falls in love with Dinorella when she rescues him from the dreaded deinonychus at the Dinosaur Dance.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Disney-Hyperion
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Sari Zweig
Dinorella is a fairly typical take on the age old story of cinderella...except with dinosaurs taking the place of humans.

The story is littered with words that start with D's, so it is a bit of a tongue twister, and adults and children could have a blast reading this one without slipping up. An interesting thing about this book is that Dinorella winds up saving the duke from certain doom--an interesting, and welcome, deviation from the age old Cinderella stories. it's really fun to see these din
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Jordan Brown
Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale
Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Reading Level: Ages 5-8

Duncan Edwards, P (1998). Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale New York: Scholastic Inc.

Dinorella is a fairly typical take on the age old story of cinderella...except with dinosaurs taking the place of humans.

The story is littered with words that start with D's, so it is a bit of a tongue twister, and adults and children could have a blast reading this one without slipping up. An interesti
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Brittaney Reed
Duncan Edwards, P.(1997). Dinorella: a prehistoric fairytale. New York: Scholastic

"Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale" by Pamela Duncan Edwards is a twist to the familiar classic Cinderella. This story follows the fairytale but instead of humans there is dinosaurs, and Dinorella actually saves the prince dinosaur instead of losing a slipper. This is a fun version of this story and young children, would be sure to get a kick out of the antics. There is lots of tonque twisting "D" words in this st
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Elizabeth
this is a silly silly book that Adam is obsessed with right now...I had hidden it but somehow he found it and now wants me to read it every day. I will have to hide it better today!
Emily Levings
Duncan Edwards, P. (1997). Dinorella. New York: Scholastic.
Dinorella is a play off of Cinderella, if she were a dinosaur in prehistoric times. I thought the alliteration would make the book hard to read for younger children. So I would recommend this to a third or fourth grader. I enjoyed that Cinderella wasn't the damsel in distress, and that she was the hero in the book. There was still the basic plot line of the American version of Cinderella, but with a nice twist that didn't make the story
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Zequoia Hyche
I think that the title explains it all. Dinorella is a prehistoric fairytale, with literacy surrounding the entire story. When I read the first sentence, I literally stopped and laugh because I knew that the author enjoyed writing this, just as much as I enjoyed reading it. She played with the letter D, throughout the whole book. She used D adjectives, verbs, and even had the letter D in the characters names. This is a great learning tool, if you are trying to teach your students how to pronounc ...more
Gina Diloreto
Edwards, P. "Dinorella". (1997). New York: Hyperion.

A prehistoric play on the classic Cinderella story. Lots of playful alliteration using the letter 'D'. Dora and Doris make Dinorella do all the work because they are lazy. Luckily, a 'Fairydactyl' shows up to make over Dinorella. The Prince gets drug off to be eaten and Dinorella fights off Dinonychus. Dinorella throws a diamond and the Prince goes searching for the dinosaur who matches the jewel. Nice twist on a famous tale. Appropriate for ag
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Melissa Fordonski
Charming! I loved this new spin on the classic Cinderella story. The 1950's setting that is inhabited by dinosaurs was very creative. The illustrator, Henry Cole played this mix of very different time periods with his full bleed images. His use of acrylic paint and colored pencils captured both time periods very well in his images. Just like the classic, Dinorella is living with two evil step sisters that do not show her much respect. When an invitation arrives, inviting all three of them to a d ...more
Alana
Dinorella is written by Pamela Duncan Edwards, and is a classic fairy tale, written from a different point of view. This is a story about Dinorella wanting to go to the Dinosaur Dance at Duke Dudley's Den. Dinorella has two sisters, Doris and Dora. As the story continues, if the reader is familiar with the original Cinderella, they will pick up on some characteristics that the two stories have (i.e. losing a dazzling dinosaur jewel instead of a glass slipper). What I enjoyed about this story was ...more
Andrea Ference
The story of Dinorella is about Daniela who has two evil stepsisters who got invited to Duke's party and they won't let her go to the party. and an invitation comes for a dance and the sisters mock Dinorella and she doesnt think she can go to the dance and a fairy godmother (Fairydactyl) comes to help Dinroella go to the dance but then the story happens to change. Dinorella actually saves the Duke (the prince) using her diamond and in the end the Duke asks Dinorella to be his "dearest." She got ...more
Oliver Urban
I bought this at a book fair in the first grade, and I swear I made my mom read it to me every night for the next two years. It nourished my strong love for both fairy tales, princesses, and dinosaurs. All of these things are still my favorites, to be honest. But the point is, this book is awesome, and my mom used it to help me learn to read better. I'm forever thankful my mom appreciates the power of words and story. She understood it when she was a tired twenty-something trying to get her dino ...more
Yahira Romero
This was a spin on the classic Cinderella. This Cinderella spin off was using dinosaurs. I enjoyed reading the different items that were changed. For example instead of class slippers it was a diamond earring. And instead of the clock striking midnight, someone was trying to take the prince and eat him. Dinorella saved the prince and they lived happily ever after.
Katelyn Lopez

One of the books I read for fairy tales was “Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale”. This book was based off the fairy tale Cinderalla. It is similar in many ways but there are some small differences between the two. In this story, Dinorella is one of three sisters. Her stepsisters are always mean to her and making her do several chores. One day a letter comes in the mail announcing a dinosaur dance. Just like the real story, Dinorella wasn’t able to go but a fairydactyl came and gave her a magnif
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Katelyn Lopez
One of the books I read for fairy tales was “Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale”. This book was based off the fairy tale Cinderalla. It is similar in many ways but there are some small differences between the two. In this story, Dinorella is one of three sisters. Her stepsisters are always mean to her and making her do several chores. One day a letter comes in the mail announcing a dinosaur dance. Just like the real story, Dinorella wasn’t able to go but a fairydactyl came and gave her a magnif ...more
Courtney Kilbourn
This is a good twist to a classical favorite. It utilizes a lot of imagination and has an interesting twist to the original. It is a good way for students to see it told from a different perspective, in a dinosaurs world. It still uses the same concepts and has the same ending, however very cute and shows them a different way to tell the original classic.
Courtney
Duncan Edwards, P. Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale. Hyperion (1997).

Dinorella is a retelling of the fairytale Cinderella, but with Dinosaurs.

This retelling of Cinderella is very silly and children will find it enjoyable. The reading level is ages 4-8, and the pictures in the book are take up most of the page and are very bright.
Millie
I didn't like this book mainly because there was name calling in it. Every time someone called another a name it made me cringe (and it wasn't just the mean characters calling others names). But I could see if you kids like fairy tales and dinos, then this is for you (if you can get past the name calling).
Jordan Santoro
"Dinorella" (a prehistoric fairy tale) by Pamela Duncan Edwards and Henry Cole is an interesting rendition of a fairy tale most of us are very familiar with-Cinderella. The full-bleed illustrations are sure to capture the attention of the reader, as they are colorful, vibrant, and unique. As far as the way the story is written, many similarities between this story and the original fairy tale, "Cinderella" are present. They follow similar story lines and therefor have similar climaxes and resolut ...more
Brendan Howard
Zahara picked this out at her elementary school library. It's an awesome twist on Cinderella that a) gets right to the last act, b) incorporates female heroism and c) has more "d" words than probably any other short book in existence. Alliteration for DAYS.
Cheryl
Darling dissertation deliciously decorated and delightfully descriptive with devious developments that develop diction while doing dastardly deeds.

No doubt in my mind the author was laughing as she wrote this one. For sure, I was laughing while I read it aloud. My poor tongue got twisted around the D sound as the story unfolded. I liked the main character who certainly didn't wait for a male character to rescue HER!

Parent/Teacher advisory: Might not be suitable for all classrooms since dinosau
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Barbi
What a cute take on the classic Cinderella story! It was nice to see Dinorella portrayed as someone who was not helpless. My girls completely enjoyed this tongue twister of a story.
Jamie
Read to my kindergarten classes to compare with other Cinderella stories. They liked it, but some of it went over their heads with all the "d" words.
Fiona
One of my absolute favorite childhood reads. The play on alteration paired with the amazing illustrations makes for a unique play on a classic tale.
Katie Carlisle
Love this animal themed take on Cinderella! Students would have schema for the story and be able to just enjoy the humor.
Becky B
Dinorella wants to go to the Duke's Dance, but her dastardly stepsisters won't let her. But Fairydactyl comes to the rescue, and then Dinorella in turn rescues the Duke from a deinonychus and wins his heart.

Cinderella plus dinosaurs, really this book could hardly go wrong with the strong appeal of both to the target audience. The text is heavily alliterative (Edwards practically uses the entire D section of the dictionary), which may throw in some vocabulary kids won't understand. But it should
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Amy
Cute, cute book! My kids loved this one. Sweet story and fun drawings. Great bedtime book!
Kristen
I remember buying this at a book fair. I loved it!
Mia Balsamo
PB17: This is very cute picturebook. I love when authors make different versions of classic stories. Children could learn a lot from this book. For one the "d" sound is repeated throughout the whole picture book. This could be an easy alliteration lesson for teachers. In addition children can learn about dinosaurs, and while it may not be completely accurate the names of different dinosaurs relate to the general type of dinosaur that is pictured, so children could distinguish between them. I als ...more
Abigail Christensen
I love this book. It's the story of Cinderella with dinosaurs and riddled with alliteration. I found it charming, goofy, and so pleasant.
Alegria Curiel
This is about Dinorella is dying to go to the dance, but her dreadful stepsisters, Doris and Dora, declare she's too dowdy and dull. Dinorella is stuck in the den until her Fairy-dactyl arrives and dazzled Dinorella up with diamonds and allowing her to depart for the dance. This book was so delightful, cute, and fun to read. This book got my attention because the title of the book was called "Dinorella." I just Pamela was very creative using dinosaurs in this fairy tale Cinderella story because ...more
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Pamela Duncan Edwards grew up in northern England and moved to the United States several years ago with her husband and two sons. She has lived in the Washington, D.C. area ever since. Her father wrote children’s stories for magazines in England and his love of children’s literature was a huge influence on her. Pamela taught preschool for eleven years in England before becoming a children’s librar ...more
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