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Once upon a time my brother and I found a magic mirror...

Tonight the mirror swept us into Cinderella's fairy tale. Now, we are NOT messing this story up. No way. Cinderella is going to marry her prince just like she's supposed to.

Uh-oh.

Cinderella broke her foot, and there's massive swelling. The glass slipper won't fit, the prince won't know she's the one for him, and they
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Hardcover, 166 pages
Published January 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published December 2012)
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Julie
Grace and I are reading this book together. She picked it out at her school's book fair this spring and it's the first chapter book we've read (she's 4 for anyone who doesn't know). We started out reading just one chapter a night, but now we're reading two because we can't wait to find out what happens next. The story is absolutely adorable and a twist on Cinderella - in this version Cinderella has to "save herself." Reading this book with Grace has given us something special to share along with ...more
Angela
For Grades 3 and up, Age 8 and up, Whatever After book 2

Review:
Once upon a time Abby and her brother Johan found a magic mirror. That was when they were sucked into Snow White’s story and almost ruined it, but tonight the mirror swept them into Cinderella's fairy tale. This time they want to do things the right way and just watch to find the way home. That was until Cinderella broke her foot and there's massive swelling. The glass slipper won't fit, the prince won't know she's the one for him,
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Paige
This book is about Abby and her little brother Jonah going into fairy tales and changing them. In this one they go into Cinderella's fairy tale and change hers. Cinderella is in her room looking at the glass slipper for the ball and Abby and Jonah come in and Cinderella drops the slipper one her foot. Her foot gets really big and she can't really walk. So, now Abby and Jonah have to find a way to fix her foot before the prince shows up. They call Cinderella's fairy godmother and ask her to fix h ...more
Dena (Batch of Books)
I liked the first book in this series, and I liked the second one even more! Abby and Jonah are back and quirkier than ever. I love Abby's enthusiasm and the way she frets over everything. Jonah is just plain funny. He loves to eat the most disgusting things, and always with ketchup!

I like the new twist to the story. Usually, when I read a retelling of a fairy tale, the author follows the original version fairly closely, but I enjoy the various off-roading trips this story takes. You never know
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Anna
In this adorable middle reader adventure, Jonah and Abby are sucked through their magic mirror into Cinderella's story. Abby is determined to not mess anything up thi time, but despite her best intentions, things go awry. Even as an adult, I love this series. The main characters are like real kids, but they get to jump into some of the world's best-loved children's stories and make them their own. I wish these had been around when I was a little girl. This book is for any child who likes change ...more
Ruth
“If the Shoe Fits” is the second in the Whatever After series which follows Abby and her younger brother, Jonah as they are transported to the world of Cinderella and once again seriously interfer with the fairy tale. This time Cinderella hurts her foot and it swells so much that the glass slipper will not fit. The fairy Godmother refuses to help out until Cinderella can prove that she can take care of herself and become an independent woman. Abby and Jonah try to get the story back on track wit ...more
zapkode.marie
{My Thoughts} – Abby And Jonah are on another adventure, this time in the land of Floom. I know these fairy tale kingdom names are rather odd. They are also rather interesting and many of the words and phrasing within this books are highly entertaining. In the kingdom of Floom they get to take part in Cinderella’s tale. I am in awe at the ways in which this particular author is able to alter these tales, to make them funny, better in some cases and well worth the read. I also like how the author ...more
Dayanara Hermosillo
Whatever After If The Shoe Fits is the second book in the series and it’s also an fantastic book that has to do with a princess which is Cinderella, but it’s a totally different Cinderella because shes a teen not an adult. Whatever After If The Shoe Fits is about two kids which are siblings named Abby and Jonah that have a magic mirror that can take them into fairy tale stories, but mostly princess stories. Each book in the series has different types of princess that Abby and Jonah has visits th ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Book: If the Shoe Fits
Author: Sarah Mlynowski
Narrator: Emily Eiden
Source: Library
Speed: 1x

If the Shoe Fits is the second tale in the fanciful Whatever After series, which follows the adventures of two young siblings who venture into fairytale world. Now becoming "our thing," my 8.5 year old daughter and I listened to the story as a mother-daughter activity, and we both enjoyed this story - probably even a bit more than the first book.

The story opens with Abby and her younger brother, Jonah, tran
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Starla Sunshine
Changing the classic Cinderella story.
Trisha
a very fun story. For any girl who's ever dreamed of being able to join the world of Fairy tales - this is the book for you!

I loved the adventure in the story but also the struggle between the siblings as they stumbled their way on Cinderella's adventure!
Lisa
This is the second book in the series that I'm reading aloud to my almost 5-year-old daughter, and this was another great installment. I really enjoyed her writing style for younger readers (though probably, technically too young for 5, I am pausing to explain and my daughter doesn't get a lot of the little jokes), and the characters are all interesting and fun. While I foresaw the way the story was heading, my daughter was still surprised at the big climax, and that's what's important. I love t ...more
Thuy Tran
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Mary
A version of Cinderella with a twist - instead of relying on a prince, she becomes independent. Abby even learns to do laundry herself! Great fractured fairy tale. :)
Marianna H
The book If The Shoe Fits is a great book.The writing was nice but there were words that I didn't get. The book had strength in it because it talked about characters being brave, scared, and happy. I only have one weakness, it said that the book had a character spying on another character which is not nice to me to say. I would recommend this book to a classmate because I bet they will like fairy tales too.If the book was part of a series I would keep reading because reading the book again and r ...more
Sydney
This was a great book. I loved the plot and think both adults and children would love it!
Teresa
Cute. It felt a little repetitive, though. I understand that there's a formula to these: the siblings enter the fairy tale, mess something up, and fix it in a way that makes the female character a stronger more self-reliant woman. I just didn't feel that the formula fit this fairy tale as well as it fit the first, and so it felt all too similar to the first in the series. I will still recommend it to my students, since young girls are not nearly as picky about such things as I am! And it is a go ...more
Betsy Pauzauskie
This delightful fairy tale adventure takes Abby and her brother, Jonah, through their magic mirror to Floom . . . where they meet Cinderella! The story reveals how motivation and self discovery can provide satisfaction, joy and personal growth. The fairy tale also shows how love and friendship can alter our personalities for the better. My Granddaughter, who starts 3rd Grade next week, shared this series with me. I am delighted to see how the twists in this fairy tale can make impressionable you ...more
Robyn Shtadtlender
Cute, just like Whatever After #1
Alex Murphy
You caught me. This is my guilty pleasure series for the summer totally adorable and a fun twist on the usual fairytale twist. The brother and sister team wind up in a new land and a new story Cinderella just wants to be swept away by the prince so she doesn't have to work. But when her foot gets hit with a glass slipper and swells three sizes too big for her shoes the duo will have to convince the fairy god mother that Cinderella can stand on her own two feet and be a good leader for the kingdo ...more
Barbara
Siblings Abby and Jonah can't wait to return to the fairytale world they left behind in the first title in this series, Fairest of All, where they met Snow White. After repeated attempts to coax the magic mirror in the basement to send them somewhere else, they succeed, ending up in a room filled with coats at a royal ball. Despite their good intentions not to change a thing about what happens to Cinderella, they end up causing an accident with a glass slipper that guarantees the one she left be ...more
DeAnna
This review was originally posted on my blog

Another cute retelling of a fairy tale by Sarah Mlynowski. For some reason, I didn’t like it quite as much as Fairest of All, but I still thought it was pretty good.

This book starts with Abby and Jonah actually trying to get through the mirror again. They try several times, with nothing happening. When the mirror finally does work, it is under amusing circumstances. This time, the siblings are brought into Cinderella’s story, right in the middle of the
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Jennifer Rayment
The Good Stuff

Great opening paragraph - the type of book that will hook the reader away
Quirky fun humour
Fast paced, even the most reluctant of readers will not get bored
Likeable heroine that will appeal to the middle school girl
Nice messages about not needing a prince to save you
Nice development in the story - just a little bit of information to keep you interested and wondering what is going to happen next
a fun twist on the fractured fairy tale genre

The Not So Good Stuff

Come on - throw
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Alison
This is the second book in a series of titles re-examining classic fairy tales and changing up the endings. Abby and her brother Jonah travel to the land of Floom, by way of magic mirror, where they find themselves in Cinderella's story. But after accidentally breaking one glass slipper, and swelling Cinderella's foot, Abby and Jonah have to help Cinderella stand on her own two feet and prove to the fair godmother that she is not a damsel in distress and can become the prince's partner in life.

I
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Ellen
Whatever After: If the Shoe Fits poses another "what if?" to the world of fairy tales. This time, through Jonah and Abby's blunders, Cinderella might not end up with the prince after all. You see, after she breaks her foot, the swollen thing is not about to fit into the glass slipper. What's a girl to do? Mlynowski ponders the potential role of self-reliance in Cinderella's story, while tossing in some tidbits once again from the various non-Disney versions of the tale. I look forward to future ...more
Kami
- This is fun and cute! I'm really enjoying these books.


- I love the twist on Cinderella. The crownies were really clever.

- For some reason, I was expecting these two kids to meet up with classic fairy tale, but Cinderella's story is quite different.

- I always like it when one of the step sisters is nice.

- I can't wait to read this to my daughter. She'll love it.

- I love the little message of this book. Kindness and self reliance are always good things to talk about.

- I really like how these st
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Andrea
I listened to this book on a road trip with my daughters (ages 5&9). We all adored the age-appropriate story-line and important, yet subtle, message that one needs to work hard to get perks in life, not be a damsel in distress. The twists and turns led to lots of giggles. Just enough suspense for my 9-year old and just enough silliness for my 5-year old. I appreciated the narrator -
Liz
Did as the third read aloud with my class this year. Chose it because a boy in my class kept commenting on how certain books were "girl books". So, I picked the book with the "girliest" cover I could find. And told him he would love it. And he did. The second in the "Whatever After" series. About a sister and brother who fall into the Cinderella story and mess it up. In an empowering way. I did a vote with my students after reading and this book, by far, was the hands-down favorite read aloud so ...more
Michelle at Booksmykidsread
This was the first in the series that we got our hands on and we are drooling to read the rest. Check out my full post on the series at http://booksmykidsread.wordpress.com/...

The premise of the series is that 10 year old Abby and her 7 year old brother Jonah get magically transported inside fairy tales through a magic mirror in their basement. In the first book, they apparently stop Snow White from eating the poisoned apple but then realize that without that, she never meets her prince, never f
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“We keep a safe distance. We only whisper. We duck into the shadows whenever Cinderella turns around. We’re really good at this sneaky thing. I bet we could be spies when we grow up. We’d be the cool brother-and-sister team that gets to go to exotic” 0 likes
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