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Cinderella Skeleton

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  807 ratings  ·  157 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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May 20, 2012 Gundula rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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, Cinderella Skeleton is a perfect tale 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 s...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...more
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 20, 2011 Brenda rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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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...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
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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...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
Memory Kopp
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
Cinderella Skeleton is a Cinderella story of a skeleton that is bullied by her two stepsisters and stepmother and made to do all the household chores and take care of everything while they do nothing. They are all invited to the prince’s ball but Cinderella skeleton is told she cannot go and has to say home and clean instead. She goes to witch who makes her a carriage and wait staff to get to the ball and a dress and shoes to wear too. She dances with the prince and forgets about the time and so...more
Stephanie Hawkins
Mar 06, 2008 Stephanie Hawkins rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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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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.
Cinderella Skeleton is based off the traditional fairy tale Cinderella except majority of the characters are skeletons. The character names such as Gristlene and Bony-Jane are engaging and bring a different language to life. The imagery used though out the story is haunting with vivid colours painting a story from dusk till dawn. David Catrow did a phenomenal job as the artist in this book. Spookiness covers the pages yet played perfectly with the humorous story line. The Halloween Ball is where...more
A FANTASTICAL rendition of the old classic. Instead of leaving her shoe behind -- she leaves it with half of her calf bone connected!!
The illustrations were beautiful (and much better than the story).
Jill Sanders
This narrative point of view story is a creative cinderella story almost identical to the traditional cinderella with its own little twist. It is about a skeleton that lives with her three step-sisters, cleaning all the time and locked away in her room. Until she meets a handsome prince skeleton, finding her true love and never has to come back to the awful home after he matches her foot to her boney leg. The illustrations are very busy and full of color. The cinderella skeleton's face is as pre...more
Rebecca Hipps
While this was not my favorite version of Cinderella, I can appreciate its appeal to children of all ages, as well as the complex illustrations that serve such a vital role in the storytelling. This story is an interesting twist on the archetypal fairy tale: Cinderella is a corpse, living in a graveyard. From the title page to the final opening, the reader is transported to a grim, spooky world of skeletons and witches. Even on the dedication pages, cobwebs are illustrated, adding to the overall...more
Ariana Thomas
Grade level Equivalent: 4.2
DRA: 38
Guided Reading: P
Genre: Traditional Literature, Poetry
Main characters: Cinderella, Evil stepsisters, and Prince Charnel
Setting: Boneyard Acres, graveyard
POV: narrator

Based on the classic Cinderella story, this interpretation of the famous fairy tale puts a dark twist on the story set in a graveyard starring a deceased skeletal Cinderella. Following the traditional plot, Cinderella is mistreated by her evil stepsisters made to seem that much more wicked in skele...more
This book tells the story of Cinderella in a not so dreamy way! In the land of the dead, Cinderella Skeleton is the "foulest in the land," but she too deserves a happy ending. The bright and colorful illustrations paint a beautiful but distressed story. I definitely enjoyed the pictures while following along with the story!

I noticed that Cinderella Skeleton is written in poem form. I was delighted to read along with all the rhyming words. It was an enjoyable read but also a bit...more

Cinderella Skeleton, is a ghoulish adaptation of Cinderella, is written with all its characters skeletons and setting taking place in a mausoleum. Cinderella Skeleton has two evil stepsisters, Gristlene, and Bony-Jane and an evil stepmother, Skreech, who treat Cinderella Skeleton terribly and make her do all the chores. Cinderella Skeleton hears of a Halloween ball, and wants to attend but is denied by Skreech who says no.
Cinderella Skeleton is tired of not being able to do anything an...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...more
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...more
Cinderella Skeleton
Tags: Cinderella, Halloween, print form, K-2

This version of Cinderella is great for a Halloween time. Cinderella Skeleton’s chores consist of hanging cobwebs, making things dusty and throwing around leaves. All the stepsisters’ clothes are nice, yet Cinderella Skeleton has old clothes that are torn and tattered. Her stepmother, Screech, calls her “common clay” and does not allow her to do anything. Prince Charnel throws a Halloween ball for the entire cemetery. Cinderel...more
Tony Montez
This is the story of a girl names Cinderella who was a skeleton. She lives in a place called Boneyard Acres near the woods which is in a town that is very creepy and dark. She lives with her Step mother and three stepsisters who forced her to work and clean all around the house. Her sisters get to wear all the good fancy clothes when she gets hand-me-downs and gets treated very unfairly. When an invitation to the princes ball comes, Cinderella is unable to go says her stepmother so after...more
This is the classic tale with a twist! Instead of a beautiful damsel, Cinderella is a grotesque skeleton who spends her days streaking windows and hanging cobwebs at her family’s mausoleum in the cemetery. Her evil stepmother and stepsisters make life difficult, and, as the story goes, Cinderella is quite miserable. When an invitation to the Prince’s Halloween ball arrives, Cinderella vows to get to the ball despite the consequences. What follows is the familiar tale, but with some macabre new d...more
Staci Lowe
Cinderella Skeleton is a ghoul in Boneyard Acres. She slaves away for her two evil stepsisters. The prince holds his annual Halloween ball, and with the help of a good witch, Cinderella Skeleton is transformed to the most beautiful ghoul and makes the prince fall in love with her.

This book is a good spin on the traditional story of Cinderella. I gave it 5 stars because I really enjoyed how they changed the traditional story to one using Halloween type characters and setting. The illustrations we...more
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