Title: Cinderfella
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Matt Hunt
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Paperback
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Description: Cinderfella isn’t going to let his two, lazy older brothers boss him around ANYMORE.  With a little help from his fairy dog-mother, Ruff, he’s determined hop, bop, giggle and agroove at karate-champ Kayleigh’s big party!

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  I really like this take on the classic Cinderella story. ‘Cinderfella’ is a book that’s a bit smaller than A4 in size and is filled with thick glossy pages of very colourful illustrations and text. The story is based on the classic. Cinderfella, as he’s called (we never learn his real name), is a boy who lives with his two brothers who boss him around and make him do all the tidying around the house and other things for them. When their neighbour Kayleigh invites the boys to her party, the two brothers tell Cinderfella that he’s not been invited. But he soon makes it to the party, with both him and his dog in disguise.

Cinderfella book page image one
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The tale is brilliant and a good, and slightly silly, re-telling of the classic story. It’s ending is predictable but I like the unique twist on this being a party rather than a ball, and Cinderfella is looking to be the best dancer and therefore friends with Kayleigh rather than this being a love story. The whole book is filled with humour, the story and the illustrations do well to make this a funny tale and worth re-reading.

The illustrations are brilliant and very colourful. I really like how much detail is in each image although it doesn’t look that way when you first see them. I like the way all the characters are drawn especially the dog Ruff who looks even more funny wearing clothes to the party! Some pages have creative ways of putting the text along pathways rather than in a block which makes the whole book look even more fun and it’s really these images that make the story so fun and funny.

Cinderfella book page image two
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Although predictable, there’s something fun and silly about this book and it makes me enjoy it. I do like when classic tales like this are re-told for kids, especially if they are done with a bit of humour like this one, and I do think kids will enjoy reading it.

Do you like this book?  What about the original Cinderella and other adaptations of it since?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂