Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Children's Book Review: CinderHazel: The Cinderella of Halloween
CinderHazel: The Cinderella of Halloween
Written and illustrated by: Deborah Nourse Lattimore
Published by: The Blue Sky Press, 1997
Filled with wonderful details and funny mishaps, this spin on the classic Cinderella fairy tale is the perfect Halloween treat.
Cinderhazel is a blond witch who loves dirt more than anything. When her stepsisters and stepmother fly oiff to attend the annual Halloween witches' ball, where the elusive Prince Alarming will make an appearance, they leave Cinderhazel behind. All her attempted spells turn to dust -- until her witchy fairy godmother appears and sends Cinderhazel off to meet the equally messy prince. Could this be the beginning of filthily ever after?
* This was our last Halloween read for the year. Weeks after getting their costumes, decorating the house, making tons of holiday related crafts, going to parties, and eating lots of treats, the day is finally here! My kids are Snow White (my daughter has been almost every Disney Princess now) and a T-Rex (my son loves dinosaurs). Seeing that my daughter loves princesses so much and was Cinderella one year, I thought it was fitting to end our last read with CinderHazel. The kids are already familiar with the traditional Cinderella story. In this book, Cinderhazel's stepsisters are going to the Witches' Halloween Ball in hopes of seeing Prince Alarming. But with the help of her witchy godmother she makes it to the ball. The story takes a detour from the traditional tale because when the clock strikes midnight Cinderhazel meets the Prince, and of course there's a fairy tale ending. I didn't like that the title of the book is CinderHazel but the character's name in the story is spelled Cinderhazel, with a lower case h. This definitely wasn't one of my favorite versions of the tale of Cinderella but the kids seemed to like it and it was fitting for Halloween.
* This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 thumb up.