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for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 👑
This was such a fun chapter book. I’m a huge fan of fractured fairytales and retellings. I’ve mostly read this genre under young adult or picture books, but this is geared towards middle grade. Maddie has a huge obsession with the popular story of Cinderella. She can’t wait to present a report about it at school. The only problem is her stepbrother, Holden, brings up some pretty valid questions about the tale during class. Not only does this infuriate Maddie, but it magically changes the actual storyline. The two find themselves transferred into the pages of the book where they will have to make several corrections in order for Cinderella to have her happily ever after. 🏰
This book is full of clever imagination and non-stop humor. It was incredibly entertaining and full of numerous moments that make you wonderful why you’ve never questioned these ideas before. The prince cracked me up. I love that Mahoney played with the idea of him having face amnesia. Seriously, how can you not recognize the face of your one true love after spending a magical evening together. The characters, their interactions and the pace of the story all flowed so well together making this a very enjoyable, quick read. I can see this being an instant hit for many kids as well as teachers who are studying fairytales or writing. The author included some wonderful tips at the end explaining how you could start to imagine certain twists to your favorite stories in order to create your own unique retellings. 🎃
I can’t wait to share this one with my daughter. She will definitely love the sense of humor and I will love the fact that it introduces her to being inquisitive and creative when it comes to writing her own stories. I’m excited to see that this book is in a series. The step-siblings will visit Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Snow White.