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Cinderella: The Graphic Novel

(Graphic Spin)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Cinderella's wicked stepmother won't let her go to the ball. But with a little help from a Fairy Godmother, she'll be getting there in style. There's just one catch. At midnight, her magical gown will turn back into dirty old rags.
Hardcover, 33 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Stone Arch Books (first published August 1st 2008)
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Amanda
A nice retelling for children.

This book has the coolest textured endpages.
Sam
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional-lit
Upon reading this book, you will want to ponder the front cover. The illustrations, drawn by Jeffrey Steward Timmins are very dark and immediately reminded me of Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas. You can infer that the front character is Cinderella, although she does not portray any similarities to the original fairy tale Cinderella. Opposed to the bright colors found in the original version, translated by Perrault and illustrated by Marcia Brown, this version, retold by Beth Bracken has ...more
Amanda
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Cinderella The Graphic Novel:
Summary- Cinderella- The Graphic Novel was published this year in 2009. It is a “graphic spin” on Cinderella as it says on the back cover of the book. The book begins with the cast of characters including: the evil stepsisters, the evil stepmother, the father, the prince, Cinderella, and the fairy godmother. This version of Cinderella takes a bit of a darker tone then the typical version most are used to. The colors in the book are very burnt and dark and the facial
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Rebecca
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
As you know I love to read fairy tales, the original and retold stories. Cinderella has always been one of my favorite stories. When I was at the library the other day with my girls, Cinderella: The Graphic Novel caught our eye.

Cinderella: The Graphic Novel is not quite the Disney version most people are used to. This version of the story was wonderful. The author, Beth Bracken went closer to the original version and put her own spin on it.

What I love the most about this book is how well the
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Ro  Long
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic story. Classic Cinderella, condensed for children. Beautiful water color artwork. The back has a glossary for children and a little history on the origins of Cinderella. It even has writing prompts for teachers.
Loved it
Yolanda Sfetsos
We all know the story of Cinderella, so I'm very familiar with it. Yet, I can't stop reading new updated versions or retellings, so of course I picked this up when hubby found it during one of our (many) thrift store adventures.

Ella is very sad when she loses her mother and can't shake the sadness.

When her father remarries, her stepmother and two stepsisters move in and take over the house. Leaving Ella to become their housekeeper.

But when a ball is announced and her stepmother refuses to let
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Jayla
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this awesome book Cinderella, by Beth Bracken illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins , Ella's mom is very ill and she died but her father found a new wife and she already have two daughters. They call Ella Cinderella for a filthy girl. Cinderella is now their maid for the evil stepmother and stepsister. They went to the ball without Cinderella but she went to her mothers grave and she herd her fairy godmother and Cinderella wished to go to the ball with a gown . Cinderella danced with the ...more
Ruth
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Barely a graphic novel, really just a long picture book. The art is interesting, as it is a bit darker that you usually see with princess stories, but the “plot” was nothing new. Honestly I can’t be sure it isn’t the Grimm’s version with a few words changed to make it “retold” as the cover says. It reminds me of a project in art school where you just make sequential art for a fairy tale that you are assigned.
Gearldine
In this sad and happy story Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth Bracken. The main characters are Ella , stepsisters , and stepmother . The stepmother doesn't let Ella go to the ball because she didn't have a pretty dress to ware to the ball. I wounder if Ella is going to let her stepmother and her stepsisters live with her and is she going to forgive them about what they did to her.
Jeremy
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The classic tale of Cinderella retold as a graphic novel. The illustrations are moody and bleak, even at times when the story is not. An interesting twist on the classic tale that could interest some young readers.
Yami
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the graphic in this novel is very
interesting, but I did not like them very much.
besides this book is good, it's the story that everything goes well for the characters
Debbie
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Cinderella: The Graphic Novel. I purchased it for my classroom and am looking forward to hearing how my students respond to this retelling.
Daizy
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book , it was good
Emily Aguilar
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was a good book . Also it was kind of funny.
Muhammad  Karimov
It is a good graphic novel.
Hannah
Jul 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fairy-tales
Good retelling of Cinderella as a graphic novel!
Sarah
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Didn't care for the illustrations.
Lamar
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great artwork and exciting!
Lisa
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the graphic novel Cinderella By: Beth Bracken Illustrated by: Jeffrey Stewart Timmins Cinderella,The Evil stepsisters, The Evil Stepmother, and the Prince.The main Idea Is that the prince wanted to find cinderella to give her shoe back.

I wonder what her evil stepmother's reaction looked like when cinderella picked up the seeds?
Adriana
In is good book cinderlla by both bracken the main charter are her evil stepsisters, evil stepmother,cinderella ,the price and her father.cinderella step mother make cinderella do all the work in the haouse and treat her miserble. one day the pince was going to make a ball so he can find a wife.Cinderella want to go but her step mother will not let her. Cinderella run off crying he git sad because the onily place she want to go. will she ever go?
Joelle
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This book follows the same story of Cinderella we already know, however, it does so in a bit darker and dingier way. Much like the cover art, the illustrations within the book are stylized (in my opinion) like a Johnny Depp movie. The characters and backgrounds are heavily shadowed. As with many other graphic novels, the amount of text per page is low. One difference I noticed from other Cinderella versions is that Cinderella went frequently to her mother's grave. I also don't remember ...more
Dannita Stanley
I enjoyed Cinderella The Graphic Novel. I am curious to see how students would respond to the variations in Traditional Literature Books. I'd like to offer the books in different formats to give students a choice. I have some students who prefer graphic novels, so I like that the traditional stories are offered this way.

In this book, I was most drawn to the illustrations. Since graphic novels offer many more illustrations, I was drawn to how the illustrations helped the story line. Some of the
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Kim
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: traditional-lit
This graphic novel version of the traditional Cinderella was a good read. The layout was different than traditional picture books, but was a nice change. This version stuck pretty close to the original telling of Cinderella with a few differences. Cinderella was introduced at the beginning of the book as Ella. She did not gain the name Cinderella until her 2 stepsisters gave it to her because she was so dirty from cleaning the cinders from the fireplace. Ella was so sad from the loss of her ...more
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Daniela
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grade Level: 2-3
Main Characters: Cinderella, evil step-family, fairy godmother
Setting:
POV: second person

Summary:
This is Cinderella retold in a graphic novel format, and the story is told through dialogue bubbles. The graphics are kind of Gothic style and done in watercolors with great detail. The book maintains the original plot where Cinderella is forced to do all the house chores and live with her horrid step-mother and sisters. Her step-mother still does not allow her to go to the Princes
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Jen Wehage-Barrera
Cinderella The Graphic Novel by Beth Bracken
This retelling of the classic fairy tale follows the same plot line: Cinderella’s mean stepmother and stepsisters treat her abusively. A godmother intervenes, Cinderella wins the heart of the prince at the ball, with her lost glass slipper he searches for her, and they live happily ever after. However, there are a few variances from other Cinderella stories. In this graphic novel style the emotions of Ella (Cinder was added as an insult), dark
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Erin
Slightly darker than the Disney version of Cinderella we all hold dear to our hearts, Ella is introduced with the other characters in a lineup at the beginning of the book in a very gestural illustration that flows throughout the rest of the novel. Ella is adopted into her Stepmother’s home with her stepsisters. Her father brings back the first twig that touches his hat on his trip out, while her stepmother brings back fancy jewels and dresses for the stepsisters. Ella plants that twig and it ...more
Anke
Feb 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: traditional-lit
The plot of this Cinderella story is much like the others, yet the graphic novel format is the opposite of the large, colorful pictures splashed on the pages of the typical versions of this world famous fairly tale. I liked the idea of reading Cinderella in graphic novel format, yet the drab, dreary hues and scratchy sketches of the characters make the entire story a depressing one—even when Cinderella gets her wish to attend the ball, the girl hardly manages a smile.

The last few pages of this
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Miss Ryoko
Actual Rating: 2.5

When I saw this book at the library, I thought the cover looked dark and I really wanted to read it (this seems to be a common thread when I find children's graphic novels... the cover always makes the story look dark so it immediately grabs my attention). I'll be the first to admit I'm not familiar with the actual story of Cinderella. My only experience with Cinderella is the Disney movie, so I was like "I thought her dad died? But he's there? And he won't do anything for
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Randie D. Camp, M.S.
I was impressed with this graphic spin on the classic tale of Cinderella. I enjoyed the variation of the story and thought the birds at the end were a nice touch.

Timmins' artwork is grim and dark which I believe captures the darkness that is embedded into many classic fairy tales. The step mother and sisters' faces are hideous to match their cruel personalities. Cinderella is not portrayed as cheery but she is selfless and kind--this is depicted best by her request for a twig and in her visits
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Beth Bracken is a children's book editor. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband, Steve, and their son, Sam. When she's not reading, writing, or editing books, Beth spends most of her time knitting endlessly while watching reruns of old TV shows and drinking lots of tea.

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