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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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Jenn Swanson
Nov 18, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it liked it
My daughter seemed to lose interest in this book and it is probably my fault. I found myself stumbling over the overabundance of "D" words. I mean seriously, could they have added any more? Reading this book made me feel like a "dumbass" after it was over.
Aug 12, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
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!
Melissa Fordonski
Nov 07, 2011 Melissa Fordonski rated it really liked it
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
Mar 12, 2012 Alana rated it liked it
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
Bonnie Ferrante
Jul 08, 2016 Bonnie Ferrante rated it liked it
This wacky version of Cinderella is told with a maximum number of words beginning with the letter D. It begins,

“Dora, Doris, and Dinorella lived down in the sand dunes in a dinosaur den. Dora and Doris did nothing all day. They dumped debris around the den. They never did the dusting or the dishes. Dinoerlla was dainty and dependable. Dora and Doris were dreadful to Dinorella. All day they demanded…”

This almost becomes a tongue twister. It would be a good book for a teacher to reinforce the init
Andrea Ference
Oct 07, 2012 Andrea Ference rated it liked it
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
Sari Zweig
Dec 06, 2014 Sari Zweig rated it really liked it
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
Jordan Brown
Feb 17, 2014 Jordan Brown rated it really liked it
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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
Katelyn Lopez
Oct 10, 2012 Katelyn Lopez rated it liked it
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
Katelyn Lopez
Apr 23, 2013 Katelyn Lopez rated it it was amazing

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
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
Jordan Santoro
Mar 25, 2012 Jordan Santoro rated it liked it
"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
Brittaney Reed
Feb 24, 2014 Brittaney Reed rated it liked it
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
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
Apr 27, 2008 george rated it really liked it
A prehistoric take on Cinderella...with a twist. Dinorella's sisters are horribly lazy and make Dinorella take care of them. When Duke's dance is announced (only the dreamiest dinosaur!), the sisters laugh at Dinorella when she expresses interest. Pretty soon the joke is on them when Dinorella's fairydactal shows up. But as she arrives at the dance, she sees that Duke is about to be eaten! It's now up to Dinorella to save the day...

Cute, cute story and I really liked the illustrations. Great boo
Gina Diloreto
Apr 12, 2014 Gina Diloreto rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Brasher
I am a sucker for books which take a well known story and make them their own. This book is no exception. Dinorella takes the Cinderella fairy tale format and remakes it into a dinosaur tale. I think this book was a bit of a hard book to read with the alliteration of D words throughout which made it sort of a tongue twister. There were also many harder vocabulary words that young readers would not be familiar with. I would not read this book in conjunction with teaching a particular lesson, howe ...more
Mia Balsamo
Sep 20, 2012 Mia Balsamo rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebook
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
Emily Levings
Feb 18, 2014 Emily Levings rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-t-l-2368
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
Alegria Curiel
Nov 07, 2011 Alegria Curiel rated it really liked it
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
Zequoia Hyche
Jul 09, 2014 Zequoia Hyche rated it really liked it
Shelves: learning-tools
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
Anurak Chanposri
Apr 17, 2013 Anurak Chanposri rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-book
เลมนีใหสีดาวเพราะภาพไมสวยเทาไหร เนือเรืองคลายๆซินเดอเรลลา แตแปลงตัวละครเปนไดโนเสารทีมีหักมุมและ ผสมเรืองรวมสมัย เปนหนังสือเรืองโปรดของลูกสาวคนโต จนตอนนีกลายมาเปนเลมโปรดของลูกสาวคนเลกไปแลว (ยังไมเขาใจวาเดกๆชอบเรืองนีไดไง) ทีเลือกใหลูกอานเพราะ ชอบใหอานเรืองทีแปลกๆ เชนเรืองเกาๆเดิมๆแตเปลียนตัวละครหรือบทบาทใหม ใหเคาไดมองเหนแนวทางของการจินตนาการ ซึงเดกๆกชอบอาจเพราะคุนเคยเนือเรืองมากอน ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Jen rated it really liked it
Take the usual Cinderella story, add a dino named Dinorella and you get a very fun story about a dino who wants nothing more than to go to the dance being put on by the Duke. Her evil stepsisters Dora and Doris think Dinorella isn't ready for the dance, but when her Fairydactyl shows up, she outfits Dinorella with a beautiful dress and dangling dino diamonds. Very cute story and great read aloud!
Sep 30, 2012 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Through the years I've read many versions of Cinderella and this one is one of my favorites! Instead of using people and princes and princesses, this book has dinosaurs and dancing! It also cleverly tells the story using words beginning with 'd.' And the illustrations are very colorful and provide the reader a chance to get inside the story itself and explore! This book is great for first to fourth grade students.
Mar 19, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-children
Oh my goodness, Emma LOVES this book. It's definitely fun and clever (focusing on words that begin with the letter D). I'm sure this is old-fashioned and over-protective of me, but I skip the insulting words like "dummy" and "dingbat," just because I don't really want my 2-year-old repeating those yet. In my opinion, those omissions make the book fabulous. We read this dozens of times a day. She'll have a hard time when it goes back to the library.
Mar 30, 2014 Courtney rated it liked it
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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.
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.
Feb 27, 2014 Millie rated it did not like it
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).
Emily Pinnick
Mar 25, 2013 Emily Pinnick rated it it was amazing
This book has a fun twist on the Cinderella fairy tale that everyone is so familiar with. The story line is pretty much the same as Cinderella, but in this tale, Dinorella saves the prince from death and that is what sparks his interest in her. One thing to be cautious about is the amount of name calling that goes on between the characters. This book may not be suitable for younger audiences.
Yahira Romero
Feb 17, 2014 Yahira Romero rated it it was ok
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.
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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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