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Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

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San Souci, R. D., & Catrow, D. (ill.) (2000). Cinderella skeleton. Orlando: Harcourt, Inc. ISBN: 9780152020033

Annotation: In this retelling of Cinderella, the characters are skeletons living in a “decayed, decrepit” mausoleum, and Cinderella Skeleton’s chores include hanging up cobwebs and littering dust and leaves on the floor.

Reaction: This retelling of Cinderella is fun anytime of the year but will be especially appropriate at Halloween and reminds me of A Nightmare Before Christmas. I enjoyed this cute adaptation, but I was a little disappointed that San Souci didn’t include any real new twists on the traditional story beyond making the characters skeletons in a graveyard.

The art is really lovely, though, and is what makes this book truly special. Catrow uses colors really well to convey the tone, and he is able to cleverly distinguish the skeletons from each other through their clothes and expressions.

This book uses rhyme throughout the text, following a pattern of A-B-B-C-C-A.

The poetry within this book is best read out loud to properly hear and experience the rhythm of the stanzas.

This book uses repetition throughout the text, starting each new stanza with “Cinderella Skeleton.”

This book is on the 2011 Students’ List for “Books receiving votes for Top Ten Favorites from students in Summer 2011.”

Media Used: Pencil and watercolor

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