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Princess Furball

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  984 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Once upon a time a cruel King decided to betroth his motherless daughter to an Ogre in exchange for fifty wagons filled with silver. When the Princess learns what her father has done, she is horrified. But she is as clever as she is beautiful. Quickly, the Princess devises a plan to escape and, relying on her own spunk and good sense, ultimately marries the man she chooses ...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published March 29th 1994 by Greenwillow Books (first published 1994)
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, fairy-tale
In this adaptation of the Princess Donkeyskin, the horrific threat of incest -- forced marriage to her father -- is replaced by betrothal to a wealthy ogre (in the illustrations merely an ugly older man). I can understand why Huck was reluctant to address this topic with young readers, but without it the tale feels off kilter.

The threatening sense of horror and unease remains, perhaps more intense for being ungrounded in a specific danger. Reading it feels like visiting a home and knowing that
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
The cover of Princess Furball has a pretty font that one would expect from a Princess story, but the framed illustration is not as stereotypical. It shows a girl who looks like a beggar in a big, puffy coat being forced to clean while appearing very scared of the other people in the kitchen—one of whom is wielding a broom. The end papers are white, but there are illustrations before the first opening that are clearly part of the story that are not to be ignored. They are of a funeral, then of a ...more
Morgan Lang
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story! It's one of my childhood favorites! ...more
Leslie Bardo
Princess Furball is a fictitious, Victorian-era book that is a variant of the classic Cinderella story. It is about a young girl who lives in a faraway land with her father, the King. Upon hearing the news of an arranged married to an ogre, she decides to flee her father's kingdom. Before leaving, she requests "wedding gifts" from the King which are a gold ring, a gold spinning wheel, three dresses, and a coat made out of 1000 animals. As she walks through the forests, she disguises herself with ...more
Stephanie George
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
When a beautiful princess's father arranges for her to marry a gruesome ogre, she takes action to prevent the marriage. She asks her father for four ridiculous engagement gifts before she gets married: a dress as golden as the sun, a dress as silver as the moon, a dress that shines like the starts, and a coat made of the fur of 1000 animals. The princess hoped that her father would never be able to find these gifts; but he was able to deliver all the gifts, just as the princess asked. Her father ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: younger-readers
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Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
I grabbed this book thinking it was going to be some fairy tale about a cat and was surprised to find out it was actually a rendition of the classic fairy tale Cinderella. The princess in the story grows up without a mother and with a father who pays her no attention at all but luckily her old nurse loved her and raised her as her own and taught her to be strong and witty as well as beautiful. When the princess' father arranges a marriage with an ugly old man she decides to come up with four dem ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
I had this book when I was little and then sometime later I lost track of it... sometimes I wish I still had it because I LOVED the illustrations of this book.

The story itself is also memorable. A couple of parts remind me of Cinderella, but this story is very unique and fun, so it's not some boring rehash of something else. The illustrations really are fun to look at, and the story is well-written and paced.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A must read. A wonderful tale of a clever princess. Her father the king arranges a marriage for her to an ogre for silver. Clever as she is beautiful she asks her father for bridal gifts and a fur coat of all the animals in his kingdom. Her father accomplishes this and his daughter decides to run away only to be found by a king and his hunting party. She then uses her cleverness in order get the happy ending.
Theodora Goss
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a battered old copy of this book, and I totally love it. It's an appropriate, and very good, retelling of the Catskin story for children. I even use it to teach fairy tales to undergraduates! A very sweet book . . . ...more
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, food, love, adventure
Made me think of "The Tale of Despereaux."
Very bright young lady.
Sara Stelmach
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
The traditional story “Princess Furball” by Charlotte Huck is an enjoyable tale to read. It is about a King, whose Queen has died, selling his daughter to an Ogre for fifty wagons with silver. The princess finds out and is terrified. But she takes things into her own hands and makes a plan. She plans to leave the kingdom, but before she leaves she request wedding gifts from her father. She receives luxurious gifts like a gold ring, three dresses, gold spinning wheel and a coat made out of many f ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens-books, 2016
“Princess Furball” is a fairy tale of a lonely princess. When her amid and only companion died and her father wished to marry her to an ogre, the girl ran away with a few treasures she possessed. With three dresses: one gold, one silver and other glittery; a coat made of thousands of different kinds of fur; one golden ring, thimble and tiny spinning wheel. She is captured by hunters of another king, and forced to work and live as poorly as one can be. But because she now had a home, she accepted ...more
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love fairy tales and retellings of fairy tales, but this one is disturbing. The oldest variants are based on the idea that the king wants to marry his daughter. Her impossible requests are to delay this. Sometimes there's magic; sometimes not so much. This is not a princess I admire -- or the prince, for that matter. But the underlying premise just makes me uneasy. I see that Charlotte Huck has softened the tale to make it more acceptable for children, but I'm still not a fan. ...more
I like this adaptation of Cinderella. It had many features, almost to where you think it may not be an adaptation of Cinderella. The length or the story thought was very long and I don’t think a lower grade level class could sit through the whole book. However, I could read this aloud to an upper grade level and see if any of the students catch on to what the story is.
Catherine Petrini
This picture book retells a variation on the Cinderella tale, in which the beautiful young girl's father wants to marry her to an ogre, so she outsmarts him and runs away, setting off a string of adventures for the smart, strong-willed protagonist. Illustrated with charming, rustic paintings by Anita Lobel. ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Someone asked about this book as a stumper on a listserv, and I'd never heard of the Cinderella variant called "Princess Furball." Furball has a bit more agency than Cinderella, making her own "magic" on the nights of the ball, and I loved Anita Lobel's illustrations of the dresses of sun, moon, and stars. ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This variation on Cinderella story is different enough that I enjoyed it as its own tale. The story is well-told and the illustrations are wonderful. As a modern-day animal lover, I was slightly taken aback at the animal slaughter to make her coat, but it is not the part of the story that sticks with you. I love her fat furriness in the coat.

May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just read and re-read this to some grandchildren. It’s a wonderfully inventive and fun fairy tale read-aloud.
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, non-fiction
A Cinderella variant, this one is unique, but shares many of the traditional traits. I thought the illustrations were pleasant, but what sold me was the lyrical quality of the writing. Lovely.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
An old family favorite. Definitely a 1-on-1 reading kind of book. I love the detail in the princess' hair and coat and dresses. This sent me right back to childhood to read it again! ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Read for my children's lit class ...more
Olivia Lyndaker
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this all the time as I kid, and I still love the story. Partly because I have hair that's basically just shorter and a bit more tamed than Furball. : D ...more
Desi Kennedy
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story, beautifully illustrated and retold.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Childhood right here. This book had beautiful illustrations and I remember as a child just flipping open the book and staring at it and lost in the colors.
This book was really good.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I'm so happy to have finally found this book! As a child I grew up reading this tale in a book that had belonged to my mother when she was a child that was a collection of fairy tales titled Fifty Famous Fairy Tales by the Whitman Publishing Company (published in 1946 and 1954) and illustrated by Bruno Frost. When I was between 10 and 12 my mother ordered Princess Furball from one of the Scholastic order forms I'd brought home. It got lost in our many moves and I have been searching for this for ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional
While this book was a good read, it was not my favorite version of Cinderella. Princess is the classic story where the princess looses her mother when she was a baby and has a negligent father so she was raised by an old nurse. Once old enough her father decides to betroth her to an old ogre in exchange for 50 wagons of silver. When the princess finds out she is so upset so she decides to tell her dad that she will only if he meets her outlandish requests. She asks for three dresses with specifi ...more
Connie Strong
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional-book
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Chelsea Gail Smith
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
Princess Furball by Charlotte Huck and illustrated by Anita Lobel is a story about a courageous princess who uses her clever wits rather then magic. The story is a twist from the fairy tale Cinderella. The story is about a princess whose father offers to marry her off to an ogre for 50 wagons of silver. She refuses and decides to run away. When she runs away she is captured by a kind and his men. She is in a fur blanket so all the men call her furball and throw her to the kitchen. When she hears ...more
Michaela Zavala
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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