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Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairytale

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  468 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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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Elizabeth Hendy
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-21-30
Summary: This book gives the classic "Cinderella" book a new twist, but this time with dinosaurs and a battle! Dinorella was not invited to the ball, but her two evil sisters were. They told Dinorella that she was not good enough. Dinorella finds her way there, sees the prince getting attacked, and SAVES him! A nice twist on the original story.

Evaluation: I gave this book 5 stars simply because it was so fun to read. The images were so detailed and the text used incredible descriptive language.
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Jenn Swanson
Nov 18, 2016 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.
Elizabeth
Aug 12, 2010 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!
AlexandraM
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This prehistoric spin on the traditional Cinderella tale is sure to be a favorite among dinosaur-loving children everywhere!

Dinorella is devastatingly demeaned by her horrid sisters Dora and Dorris, as the force her to do every chore and mock her desire to attend the Dinosaur Dance with Duke Dudley.

Dinorella is feeling 'dismal' when Fairdactyl arrives with a little magic and some delightful diamonds. With a little help, Dinorella may be able to meet the Duke after all!

A fabulous mentor text to
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Kyra Christiansen
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This story was a cute twist on the original Cinderella story. In this version, "Dinorella" ends up saving the prince from being eaten, which would be great to show that women can be brave and stick up for others, even strangers. Also, I love all of the alliterations! This would be great to use for an older group working on alliterations or a younger group working on the letter D. Super fun and can be used in multiple ways.
Kayla DeRemer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a great snip off of the traditional story of Cinderella. When I read it, I thought the author did a great job of making sure that the pictures added to the story. The step sisters definitely looked less attractive than Dinorella. Many children will love this story because of its rebalance to the known Cinderella story, but they enjoy it even more because it has dinosaurs.
Elyssa DeAngulo
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This story allows both genders to stay engaged with a Cinderella story about dinosaurs. This story contains d alliteration on every page along with bright illustrations. Great for comparing and contrasting to other Cinderella stories.
Chelsie Taylor
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a different take on the classic Cinderella we all know and love. Dinorella can really hold her own and is great at throwing stones...you will see what I mean! great read!
Danielle
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Cinderella stories and Cinderella rewrites. This is no exception- it is absolutely adorable!
Lizzy Fleming
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very cute and chill friendly book. It has a twist on a very classic story. This book would be fun for all ages, and all genders.
Liv Nash
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary-books
This book is a fantastic book to teach and practice alliteration because of how often the letter 'D' is used at the beginning of words. It is also a familiar Fairytale- Cinderella - retold. It is quite text heavy with some difficult words for older and advanced readers. The illustrations support the text by showing through details, which characters are which.
Malia Gaddis
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Summary: This is a cute twist to the original Cinderella. In the story, Dinorella is so braves and tries to save the princes from being eaten.

Evaluation: I think this book is okay for young readers, but could be better. It has a twist that children will think is funny, but I think the illustations could be better.

Teaching: I would use this book to teach about comparing and contrasting. I would read the orginial book and then read this book. We would discuss the similarites and differences betwee
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Melissa Fordonski
Nov 07, 2011 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
Alana
Mar 12, 2012 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 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
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Andrea Ference
Oct 07, 2012 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 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
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Jordan Brown
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-etl-2368
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
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Katelyn Lopez
Oct 10, 2012 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 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
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Cheryl
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
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Jordan Santoro
Mar 25, 2012 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 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
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Kelly Niggemann
This book is fun for kids to read because it uses a lot of alliteration, and it is a twist on a classic tale. This book also teaches kids that if you have an ugly personality, it makes you ugly, and that good things come to those who are kind. This book is also very imaginative and it's both silly and fun.
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
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george
Apr 27, 2008 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
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Gina Diloreto
Apr 12, 2014 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
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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 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 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
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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