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Princess Furball

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  957 ratings  ·  104 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!
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 ...more
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 . . .
Brenda Kahn
Not my favorite Cinderella variant, but the illustrations are quite nice.
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 ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, childrens-books
“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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 ...more
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
Connie Strong
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional-book
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Michaela Zavala
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Cole Hoffman
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is story about a princess. She lost her mother when she was a baby and her father didn't pay attention to her, so she was mainly raised by her old nurse. When she came of age, her father arranged a marriage for her in exchange for 50 wagons of silver. Distraught she ordered that her father make her three very specific dresses and a coat with the fur of all the animals in the kingdom to buy her some time. However her father had them quickly made and the princess was forced to run away ...more
Annalise Michael
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Princess Furball is the story about a princess that lived a very hard life, until she eventually lived happily ever after. Her mother died when she was young, and her father was a bus king. When her mother died the nurse became a mother figure in her life. One sad day the nurse died and princess furball felt very alone. Her father arranged a marriage for her, and she did not want to marry an ogre. Because of this she gave her father high demands, and he surprising met them. She ran away, and ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional
This is a variant of Cinderella, that I think the students would really enjoy. It is very engaging and keeps you wondering about what will happen next. You cheer for the princess to not have to marry the ogre, and hope that the king will not be able meet her needs. When the king does meet the needs of the princess she runs off prior to her marriage. After she ran off into the woods she meets a king in the woods, who thinks she's an interesting character because she was wearing a coat of 1,000 ...more
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this variant of Cinderella. It was completely new to me. When the king arranges for his daughter to be married to an ogre, the princess is not pleased and strikes a deal with her father. She will marry the ogre but only after the king presents her with 3 dresses and a fur coat made to her exact specifications. She thinks her specifications will make the bridal gifts impossible to acquire but the king puts his entire realm to work on the gifts and the shocked princess chooses to take the ...more
Stacy Coins
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story I think would have to be one of the oddest versions of Cinderella that I have read yet the Grimm version would probably come second. According to what the author wrote this one is close to the past versions of this story then the other ones. The story is done in portrait style with watercolor and gouache paints for the pictures, the words of the story are typed up in a ITC Berkeley font. The story starts off before the title page even shows up, the first picture is off a funeral. ...more
J-Lynn Van Pelt
One of the hudreds of variations of the Cinderella tale, this is an interesting look at Princess-turned servant-turned princess. The beginning of the story has a mean king who looks at his smart, educated daughter as a possession to be traded. After she runs away, she is forced to be a servant to servants in another kingdom. She gets the name "furball" because she always wears a coat make of the hair of 1000 different animals. She plots to win the prince who decides he loves her because "she is ...more
RLL52013_Kaitlin Larson
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rll-520
Princess Furball is a traditional tale of Cinderella but with a twist. Like the typical Cinderella tale, there is a young princess who is motherless. Her father, the king, decides to marry her off to an ogre in exchange for 50 wagons full of silver. The princess is married against her desires but comes up with a plan to escape the ogre. In the end she gets married to a man that she wants to instead of someone her father picks for her. It would offer a great compare and contrast opportunity since ...more
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