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Cinderella: Junior Novel

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  456 ratings  ·  40 reviews
In 1950, Walt Disney Studios released the classic film about a kind and wishful servant girl who is swept away from the harsh lifestyle of a bleak home to a life of royalty and true love. The live-action re-imagining of this timeless tale is sure to delight fans both old and new!
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 27th 2015 by Disney Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am quickly learning that it isn't easy finding a sweet, clean, book for younger readers. This, however, is a book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any young girl. It follows the new Disney movie very well, and actually improved upon the movie's depth for me after I read it. It has 8 pages, in the center of the book, of fully colored photos from the movie. I wish they would publish this book in a pretty, little hardcopy with a ribbon marker. I am glad my daughter told me it was one of h ...more
Claire Brown
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: movie-tie-ins
I was curious as to how disney would approach a live action Cinderella and make more of the story than a reimagining of the animation, I am also quite impatient so I read this. It's a beautiful book for children, not too simple but not too complicated. It has strong interwoven themes of love, strength, courage and believing in yourself. The Cinderella in this telling is a good role model and the prince far more defined than previous incarnations. The step mother is more complex than evil and the ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I've always loved Cinderella ..
When your daughter finishes reading a book and brings it to you and says "Mom, you should read this", you read the book. A nice little story. Love the message of "be kind and have courage", but I think we'll discuss in more detail the difference between being kind and letting others abuse you (though it had to happen to keep the Cinderella storyline least they tried to frame it as her refusing to give up the house her parents loved). And now we'll go watch the movie again together!
Sonya Heaney
Plenty of people are excited about the new live action movie version of Disney’s Cinderella, and so I figured I might as well read the novelisation and see what they’d done with the (admittedly pretty anaemic) romance this time round. The 1950 animated version is entertaining enough, but there’s a lot more time devoted to singing and mice than there is to character development or any of the actually interesting parts of the Cinderella story.

There are a lot of people who start worrying every time
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junior-novels
This story was petty good. there was a little more I wish they had included like occupations the mother and daughter did together, a little more on the mother's funeral, chores that Cinderella must do around the house, and perhaps what happened to the Tremaine's after the absence of Cinderella and the marring of her and the prince. The story was wonderfully developed with wonderful language. I especially loved the little notes the fairy god mother snuck in. overall a great book after you watch t ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A great companion to Disney's live action Cinderella movie, this easy to read chapter book is based on the screen play by Chris Weitz. It's a wonderful edition to have. I love it when movie ties make you feel like you're reading the movie brought to life in book form. Also featured in the book, are images from the movie. We really enjoyed this one, and would definitely recommend picking it up. This book is great for readers in grades 2nd-4th.
JB Lynn
Charming supplement to the film. I especially liked the screen shots from the film they added to the book.
Madison Kennedy
When I first purchased this book, I bought preceding since the 2015 live action film of Cinderella. What I found in leu of reading this book, is it pretty much exactly the same as the film, which I may mention is not the same as the original cartoon film. Even though it was practically the same, I still found joy in reading it. I am just curious into why the author felt the need to copy the movie exactly, rather than put her own take on it? Overlooking that aspect this is still a quality childre ...more
Joana Almeida
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was as sweet, magical and romantic as I have expected it to be.
Loved to read the little comments, made by a very dearly character, now and then through out the story.
Cinderella is a really strong and loving character, and her story is a delight to read over and over again, just because it warmed my heart so much!
If you had seen this movie, then you already know what happens in this book, but then, as I said before, you will miss the magical eyes that are telling this story or miss read
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 16 in the 2020 Medieval A Thon-A book under 300 pages.

This is an entirely biased review. I love this movie, and therefore I loved this book. The full-colored movie pictures were a lovely addition. It was a lovely and sweet.

I'll be keeping this from my physical TBR.
Kristen Miller
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good details that follow the movie. It was an exciting story, but not overly scary. Great for young girls.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't like that the stepmother was super bad to Cinderella. The thing that I did like was that their family got to visit and painted in a portrait.
Lauren Fullington
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love Disney so much. I loved this movie and novel. It's great for all ages, especially for Disney fans.
Julie's WILD
Still love this story! Was my momma's favorite.
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story of how Ella became Cinderella. Essentially from the movie itself. A very emotional tale indeed.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Israa Ahmed
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books, disney
Okay so I read the book than watched the movie and I know this book is an adaptation to the movie but WHATEVER!!!!!

It is surprise thing for me to say that I enjoyed the book more than the movie. I felt the book put layers to the story that the movie didn’t do so maybe that’s why.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adapted from the 2015 live action Disney movie, Cinderella tells the tale of a girl named Ella. After her mother’s death Ella’s father remarried, giving her a step-mother and two step-sisters. Not long after, Ella’s father also passes away leaving her a servant in her own home to serve her wicked step-mother and spoilt step-sisters. By remembering to have courage and be kind, Ella finds magic, true love and her happily ever after.

I loved Elizabeth Rudnick’s Cinderella. As a big fan of the film f
Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, kiddos, novels
Not a bad retelling of the story, and quite good compared with other children's books that attempt to novelize films. Reading it to my three daughters, I felt much better about this Cinderella than the original Disney animated version – she can stand up for herself, and the attraction between her and the prince has room to be about more than simply appearance. In the end, it's hard to fully rescue a story whose main element is staying in the middle of an abusive relationship. Another, more minor ...more
Mary Hall
Mar 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Me and my daughters saw the movie in theatres. I thought it was good. I saw this book at Walmart and thought it'd be something my daughters would like so I bought it. I ended up reading the book myself and I liked it. I normally don't like when movies are retold for kids or made into junior novelizations, because the language sounds so simple-minded to me, and I can't stand it, but this one was good. It's written not too simple and not too complicated. Although there were 2 words I had to look u ...more
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Amazing book and I like how the fairy godmother pops in and tells something.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful story! It is about kindness/cruelty, courage/cowardice, light/darkness,
love/hatred, gratitude/jealousy and happiness/regret.

There are several themes of family, loss, hope, freedom, parenting, friendship, responsibility, memories and mementos, manipulation, wisdom, strength, social prejudices, music, animals, choices, vanity, politics, pain, sorrow, self worth, little things that matter, keeping promises, staying positive in adversity, doing things properly and being loyal. Plus magic
Bella Marie
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cinderella was quite a delightful book, it is such a classic.
I enjoyed reading my favorite childhood story but a more adult version.
It had good vocabulary & stuck to the story mostly, but with a few little changes.
I also enjoyed how the fairy godmother made a few side notes during the story.
It was a bit cheesy at times but what can you expect from a classic princess fairytale.
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I like these kind of books, it's like watching the movie with different directing and casting .. I feel like I just returned from the royal ball and I saw Ella and Kitt hit it off in the most romantic way .. it is a short quick read and I enjoyed it :)
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: disney, favorites
This book was amazing. It was an entire retelling of the movie. The pictures were great and the story was amazing. I loved the movie and this book. Any fans of Cinderella will thoroughly enjoy this book.
I used to really enjoy movie novelizations when I was younger, but now I believe I'd rather just rewatch the movie. Even as a middle grade book, it feels sparse and bland. It does its job as a novelization, but again, it made me want to just watch the film again
Cindy Brown
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great retelling of a classic story.
Katie-Louise Fidiam
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very nice adaptation and a well written junior novel. A good tide me over until the Blu-Ray comes out Tuesday.
Mary Craven
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My daughter bought me every book version of the new Disney Cinderella before we go to see the movie. I met my husband when he asked me to dance, so I love Cinderella.
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his is the part I'm always the worst at—talking about myself! So as you've figured out, my name is Elizabeth Rudnick and I'm a young adult author. I'm also a Senior Editor at Disney Press in New York City. I've edited books based on movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince of Persia as well as Miley Cyrus's memoir, Miles to Go, which was a New York Times bestseller (imagine if Tweet Heart w ...more

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“Six years passed, and true to her word, Ella stayed kind and courageous. She continued to make sure the littlest birds got just as much food as the big birds at the fountain. She made sure to say good morning and good evening to the cooks and maids of the house. When she had to make trips to the market, she smiled at everyone she passed. Always she felt her mother’s presence, reminding her of the promise she had made all those years earlier. One morning, Ella read aloud from a book in the drawing room. Her father sat in a chair opposite her, nibbling on a piece of toast slathered in honey. Looking up, Ella smiled. She had harvested that honey especially for her father. It was his favorite treat, and the little things meant so much these days. The smile faltered a bit as she noticed the dust that had accumulated on the mantel and the curtains, which were worn thin. Since her mother’s death, the house had lost some of its sparkle. Now,” 0 likes
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