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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, Cinderlla is a boy! He's Cinderellis, and he has two unfriendly brothers and no fairy godmother to help him out. Luckil
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 2nd 2000 by HarperCollins
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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.
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
Ruth Sophia
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
Ofa Fotu
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
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
Shazza Maddog
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
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
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Allyssa Blackhurst
Mar 02, 2014 Allyssa Blackhurst rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Mar 22, 2010 Brie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Another totally charming and creative book in Gail Carson Levine's set. I love the physical books themselves too, beautifully done.
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)
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
Gail Carson Levine never fails to disappoint. My 8yo daughter and I read this together. Loved it!
This story was a great twist on the classic Cinderella. I really liked the princess and her cat, as well as all of Cinderellies's inventions. Also, I like his copper horse the best
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I loved this little book. It is only about a hundred pages long and a very quick read. I read this book and another book by this same author in about and hour and a half. Gail Levine has a funny way of taking the common princess tales of cinderella, sleeping beauty etc and making a funny twist to them. I really enjoyed this book alot and would recomment it or any of Gail Levines books to any one who loves the classic princess tales. Gail Levine also writes alot like Shannon Hale does so if you a ...more
Cool difference twist on Cinderella. But not one of the authors best work. The brothers lacked.
Loved this one. Cute new take on the saving the princess tale. =)
Good for 6+
Kathryn Knight Harper
A sweet book about the youngest son of a farmer who marries a princess. He is, as all youngest farmer sons are, very clever. He comes up with marvelous inventions but is totally ignored by his oldest brothers. Princess Marigold is mostly ignored by her questing father until he is cursed by an imp to remain in the kingdom. The king builds a glass pyramid and puts Princess Merigold at the top of it, announcing that whoever climbs the hill successfully can marry the princess.

A sweet story and an ea
I just finished reading this book with the kids. I have read it before myself, but reading it with the kids made me up the rating one star. It was brilliant! My 6 1/2 year old especially loved it. We read a chapter or two before bed every night and she would beg for more (and not only because she didn't want to go to sleep yet). She laughed at the funny parts and was totally sitting on the edge of her seat dying to know what would happen next.
I'm excited there is a whole series of these books an
This is probably my least favorite of all the Princess Tales, but still I think it´s funny and well worth reading. It was clever to make Cinderellis a boy, and the glass hill (instead of glass slippers) was a good insertion. I disliked Cinderellis'brothers very much, although they speak my favorite lines in the book:
Goblins, go away NOW!
Go, go go go GO!
Away, away away away AWAY!
Now, now now now NOW!

"The words are hard to remember," Ralph said.
Burt agreed. "Almost impossible."
How could I NOT li
Ella Johnson
Fantastic loved reading it
Heidi Pack
This is a fun read, a nice twist on Cinderella. It would be most enjoyed by children, it is catchy and short.
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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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