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Cinderellis and the Glass Hill (The Princess Tales #4)

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Ralph said, "Rain tomorrow."
Burt said, "Barley needs it. You're covered with cinders, Ellis."
Ralph thought that was funny. "That's funny." He laughed. "That's what we should call him-- Cinderellis."
Burt guffawed.


In this unusual spin on an old favorite, Cinderella is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luck
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Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by HarperCollins
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Christopher Hicks
Oct 02, 2015 Christopher Hicks rated it really liked it
It was a cute re telling of the Cinderella story told from a male perspective. It was s quick, fun read. I read it for my YA Bookclub. Any fan of Cinderella would enjoy this book
Leah
Aug 29, 2016 Leah rated it it was amazing
Another enchanting fairy tale retelling by Gail Carson Levine. This time the hero is a resourceful but lonely farmer boy given the nickname Cinderellis by his unkind brothers. And the herione is a gentle but lonely princess living in the castle of her father who often leaves her to go on quests.
Leslie
May 09, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
I read this with my kindergartner for a bed-time chapter book. We both enjoyed this twist on the Cinderella story. It is a short, fun read and great for young readers.
Jane
Jun 26, 2016 Jane rated it liked it
Cinderella recast as a farm boy? Sold. Another clever retelling of a classic fairy tale
by the mistress of the form, Gail Carson Levine.
Isabel Smith
May 19, 2015 Isabel Smith rated it liked it
This month I read the book, Cinderellis and the Glass Hill. It is part of "The Princess Tales" series by Gail Carson Levine. I really enjoy reading fairy-tale type books, so I was really excited to read this particular book. It was a short and simple read about a boy (whose brothers call him Cinderellis) who lives a lonely life out in the farm and a princess (named Marigold) who lives a lonely life in a castle. Cinderellis is lonely because no matter what he does, he cannot seem to gain the appr ...more
Serena
Apr 06, 2015 Serena rated it liked it
A charming twist to Cinderella, Cinderellis isn't a farmer like his two older brothers - he is a inventor. Marigold is a princess whose father always fails to bring back what he goes on a quest for, both are lonely in there own way.

It isn't until Marigold turns sixteen and her father makes his own quest that some success might be had, she and her cat Apricot sit on the glass hill with a basket of golden apples that the first horse and armored rider who takes three will be her husband. Cinderell
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Pamela
I finished the remaining four Princess Tales books by Gail Carson Levine last night. Sadly, someone seems to have stolen The Princess Test from my library, so that one will have to wait. I know my last post was pretty harsh on the first book, The Fairy's Mistake. Perhaps I was in a combative state of mind, or it was just a one-off. Whatever the case, the rest of the books in the series more than made up for my unpleasant experience with the first one!

In Cinderellis and the Glass Hill, not only
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Ruth Sophia
Nov 22, 2014 Ruth Sophia rated it liked it
Cute, but average

A lot of reviewers compare this book to Ella Enchanted. While they have the same author, it is not fair to compare this novella to a novel - it is necessarily different. That being said, it is a cute story. Yes, it is a little predictable & the brothers are barf-worthy in their condescension, but it's not a bad read. It is also not the best thing since sliced bread. It is a short, easy read - great for children ...who will probably think it's wonderful. This is the only one
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Lydia Rose
Oct 14, 2015 Lydia Rose rated it really liked it
This book was really, really good, even though it is a little short. In this story, Cinderella is a boy, with two brothers, but there was no mention of a stepfather, or mention of a parent at all! It's full of magic, and one of Ellis's favorite things to do is make magic powders, treats, and other things.

One day a year, the ground shakes like mad, shaking the whole house and everything, but only for a minute. And when they wake up in the morning, all the hay in that field is gone. Ellis finds h
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Wren (WrensReads)
Do you like retelling of fairy-tales? Gail Carson Levine is the author for you. She is witty, and pokes fun at fairy-tales all the while making you love the story even more.

“When he was six years old, Ellis invented flying powder. He sprinkled the powder on his tin cup, and the cup began to rise up the chimney. He stuck his head into the fireplace to see how far up it would go. (The fire was out, of course.)”
– Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine

Just by the first page, you can g
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Ofa Fotu
Nov 19, 2011 Ofa Fotu rated it liked it
Shelves: engl-420
This is a sweet read based on the the combined stories of cinderella and of...a typical quest fairytell (there is a trial to get the girl, the trial usually involves three stages and every stage is increasing in difficulty and gradeur). General themes were - belonging, feeling alone, expressing your talents, loving animals... the characters were cute (if type characters are one dimentional, she was ....half dimentional - she didn't change, she didn't really think, her idea of a good conversation ...more
PurplyCookie
Levine wittily conflates popular fairy tales "Cinderella" and "The Glass Hill," adding a gender switch for spice. Ellis longs for his older brothers Ralph and Burt to include him, to approve of him, to appreciate and love him. But they simply ignore him and his fool inventions and call him Cinderellis instead, after his flying powder produced a messy result in the chimney.

Princess Marigold, whose father is always going off on endless but fruitless quests and leaving her alone, wishes she had a
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Shazza Maddog
Jun 25, 2011 Shazza Maddog rated it it was amazing
Ellis is a boy raised by his brothers, Ralph and Burt, to be a farmer. The problem is, Ellis would rather be an inventor. AS he's always working grinding up things to be made into enchanted powders, his brothers start calling him "Cinder-ellis". His brothers share a special connection that Cinderellis isn't a part of; he might as well not exist. Though he makes amazing magical powders, to help grow the crops he and his brothers farm, to make his cup fly, he cannot make an impression on his broth ...more
Beth
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
Part of Gail Carson Levine's new "Princess Tales" series, this title in the series is just as much about the prince. Cinderellis, boy inventor, is lonely because his brothers have bonded and exclude and discredit him at every turn, while Princess Marigold confides to her cat how lonely she is, because her father is always off on quests. Their stories are told in alternating chapters as the years pass. On the year the king is determined to quest for a son-in-law, he is cursed by an imp and the su ...more
Teresa
Nov 12, 2014 Teresa added it
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Laurie
Nov 07, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it
What to say about this book? If you like fairy tales, you should like this (and others of "The Princess Tales"). It's cute. I love happily ever after stories, and this one fits right into the category. So,know that it WILL end happily. However, poor Cinderellis has his share of problems, but he learns to surpass them -- with some help. Typical fairy tale with a few more details. I liked it!!
Allyssa Blackhurst
Mar 02, 2014 Allyssa Blackhurst rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: girls mostly but guys can still read it
Recommended to Allyssa by: my english teacher
I really liked this book. It was a cute twist on a fairy tale. I have to admit that it was a little boring on some parts but I was a super cute romance. If you loved fairytales and how the prince and the princess lived happily ever after, then you will love this book. I would definitely read it again just because its really cute and its really short so you can read it in a day. I really liked this book
Kayla
Aug 15, 2011 Kayla rated it liked it
this is the narrowest book ive ever touched. haha.
so just a few months ago i was saying how the princess and the glass hill should have been a bigger deal because it was creative. it should be a movie or a bigger book or something. and then tivoli garage sale rolls around and there it is! so i picked it up and read it in a few hours.
obviously since it was so small, it had no huge plot twists or anything too crazy. except the magic powder thing. that was new. as well as the oils. i dont recall th
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HeavyReader
Jan 19, 2009 HeavyReader rated it really liked it
Gail Carson Levine is known for taking beloved fairy tales and twisting them a bit to make the female characters smart and feisty and spunky and clever. In this one, she turns Cinderella into a young man!

Well, this isn't exactly the Cinderella story. Ellis has brothers who won't pay attention to him, not stepsisters who make him do all the housework. Also, Ellis is an inventor.

The princess (whose name I can't remember...) is not out looking for a husband. Her dad thinks she should get married an
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Kelly
Jun 25, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this a very long time ago (middle school?!) - I think this was the first book I read that was written by Levine.

The humor in this book makes for a light, enjoyable reading adventure with plenty of quirks. After all these years, I still haven't forgotten this story.
Angelique
Jun 13, 2014 Angelique rated it really liked it
This book is a fast read and is really nice. But it does get a little boring when each step is so predictable. A retelling of Cinderella, and Cinderella is a boy. Brothers Ralph and Burt aren't as corrupted as the real Cinderella story, though.
Ubalstecha
Fun retelling of the Cinderella tale that makes the swaps the genders of the characters. The princess is not a helpless victim and Cinderellis is a smart young man who invents things to help him win the contest. Worth picking up.
Briana
Mar 06, 2012 Briana rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Cinderellis and the Glass Hill is fairly unique in offering a male protagonist. Readers will love the clever but lonely Ellis, who only wants his brothers to like him and to invent things that will make the kingdom a better place. Princess Marigold is equally charming and ingenious, and is also lonely because her father is always riding off on ridiculous quests for magical souvenirs. The strength of this book lies strongly on the characters, including a cat name Apricot and some beautiful horses ...more
Brie
Mar 22, 2010 Brie rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen
I read this when I was, like, 8 or 9. It was so amazing and cool back then...i bet it still is. What I remember is a poor scientist wanted to marry a princess, it just so happens that there is one wanting to get married, but there is always a catch. She is locked in a glass tower and the only way you can be eligible for marrige is if you climb it on your horse and bring her down with you. Crazy yeah? He starts working on a potion to get him to stick, while his brothers leave him to try and get t ...more
Guinevere
Apr 15, 2014 Guinevere rated it really liked it
Another totally charming and creative book in Gail Carson Levine's set. I love the physical books themselves too, beautifully done.
Katy Wilmotte
Aug 27, 2015 Katy Wilmotte rated it it was amazing
A perfect twist on an old classic featuring plenty of Levine's characteristic wit and charm. Lovely before-bedtime reading. :)
5 stars.
Katie
Dec 12, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing
Such a charming book. Hysterically funny and perfect for pre-teens. Not your typical fairy tail---in the best way possible.
Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm)
Oct 09, 2013 Kelsie Beaudoin (The Bookworm) rated it really liked it
Ellis lives on a farm with his two brothers, but he wants to be an inventor. He makes magical powders that help the crops grow, but still his brothers do not take him seriously.

The King of Biddle has a daughter whom he wants to marry off. So he creates a glass pyramid and puts her on top of it with three golden apples (and her cat/confidant). The knight who can fetch all three apples will win Marigold’s hand. Ellis uses his inventing ability to get up the side of the slippery mountain and retrie
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Tasha
Jun 02, 2016 Tasha rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I read of the series and I got hooked! It is a great short story! I loved the story so much!
Dawn
May 07, 2015 Dawn rated it liked it
This is part of the Princess Tales series which reinterprets classic fairytales. In this version of Cinderella, Cinderella is Cinderellis, a boy. He lives on a farm with his two brothers, who are best friends who always exclude Ellis. Rather than a glass slipper, there is a slippery glass pyramid, which, when scaled, will earn the princess’s hand in marriage. This story was cute, but there really wasn’t much to the story. The twist on the fairytale is fun, but definitely gets repetitive. It’s al ...more
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Just letting you all know: I'm only going to review books I love. There's enough negative criticism without me piling on. A book is too hard to write.

Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Yo
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Other Books in the Series

The Princess Tales (6 books)
  • The Fairy's Mistake (The Princess Tales, #1)
  • The Princess Test (The Princess Tales, #2)
  • Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (The Princess Tales, #3)
  • For Biddle's Sake (The Princess Tales, #5)
  • The Fairy's Return (The Princess Tales, #6)

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