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Cinderella Skeleton

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  1,282 Ratings  ·  215 Reviews
Meet Cinderella Skeleton, as sweetly foul as only a ghoul can be. Poor Cinderella has no one to help her hang the cobwebs and arrange dead flowers--certainly not her evil stepsisters. But the Halloween Ball is just around the corner. . . . Will Cinderella find happiness at last?
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 2000)
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“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
Jan 21, 2012 Manybooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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 17, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Mar 22, 2016 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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.
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
Oct 29, 2010 An Abundance of Books rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-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
Aug 22, 2007 Peggy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ch_beth Rice
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
Jan 22, 2012 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

*Taken from my boo
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
Stephanie Hawkins
Feb 15, 2008 Stephanie Hawkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Donald Armfield
Aug 12, 2012 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Instead of loosing her glass slipper. Cinderella Skeleton loses her ankle bone connected to her foot bone. A great little rhyming tale for a change in the Cinderella Tale. Could of did without the rhyme though.
Aug 06, 2008 Muz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
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.
Oct 08, 2009 Racy-tay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
The illustrations were beautiful (and much better than the story).
A FANTASTICAL rendition of the old classic. Instead of leaving her shoe behind -- she leaves it with half of her calf bone connected!!
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Interesting adaptation of Cinderella. Illustrations by David Catrow remind me of Tim Burton's the Corpse Bride.
So I picked this book up because I love fairy tales and it looked like a book my husband would enjoy. Which was true because it's the book he picked to read on his birthday as a bedtime book for our daughter.

This book was a little creepy...but you knew that going in based on the cover. The book was also pretty wordy and it was written as a poem, so there were parts that were actually really hard to read aloud to my daughter. I found myself stumbling on some of the words and rhythms.

There were a
Feb 12, 2017 AnnaS rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Unique . . . a bit creepy, but that was the point. It would definitely appeal to readers who enjoy spending time on the darker side of life.
Feb 02, 2017 Grace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-youth
I remember reading this several times as a child and enjoying it each time I reread it.
Oct 20, 2016 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I imagine the storybooks in Halloweentown looking like. A fun twist.
Claire Minor
Cinderella Skeleton takes a spooky twist on the classic story of the "rags to riches" princess. As the most beautiful skeleton girl in the land, Cinderella is subject to much of her evil step mother's torment. Her step sisters taunt and tease her day in and day out. When the skeleton prince throws a beautiful ball, inviting the deadest ladies in the land, Cinderella Skeleton is heartbroken that she can't go. However, with a little bit of lovin' from her godmother, she shows up to the ball in a b ...more
Robert D. San Souci tells a story about a beautiful skeleton, Cinderella, who lives in Boneyard Acres with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Her step family treats her with scorn by making Cinderella hang up cobwebs, arrange dead flowers in a vase, cover the floor with dust and leaves, and other tasks that never end. When Prince Charnel hosts his Halloween Ball, Cinderella’s step family told her she couldn’t go, so she took it upon herself to get there by addressing the good witch. The
Jessica Guard

Cinderella Skeleton has endless chores to take care of, all without the help of her jealous stepsisters: Gristlene and Tall Bony-Jane. The chores of ghouls are anything from spreading cobwebs high and low, to keeping dead flowers on display. Poor Cinderella Skeleton was given no free time to enjoy herself. Her stepsisters were always jealous of Cinderella Skeleton because of her ghoulish beauty. They refused to help her with chores, and her stepmother, Skreech, scorned Cinderella for eve
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