Book of the Week: Cinderella Skeleton

Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci

Published: 2004 Sandpiper

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

Even though this fairytale features a different sort of character, the story of Cinderella is clearly present. 
The writing is witty, well crafted, and a lot of fun.

The story is told in rhyming poetic verse – I’m a total sucker for that.

It takes (what’s thought of to be) macabre, dark elements and makes it appealing to kids.

It would make a great book to read at story time.

The illustrations are lush and rich. They really make the story come alive (even though the characters are dead).

The alterations that were made to fit this version of Cinderella. For example, instead of losing just her shoe at the ball (which is a Halloween Ball), Cinderella Skeleton loses a part of her foot and a part of her bony leg.

It’s not scary, which is something you want in a children’s Halloween book.

It shows that not all Halloween books are written to scare.

The illustrations are a perfect complement to the writing – fun and whimsical.

For a Skeleton, Cinderella Skeleton is pretty.

It’s a funny retelling.

Favorite passage: “Cinderella Skeleton! The rarest gem the world has seen! Your gleaming skull and burnished bones, Your teeth like polished kidney stones, your dampish silks and dankish hair, There’s nothing like you anywhere! You make each day a Halloween!”

I think it shows that beauty can be found anywhere, and that it truly is in the eye of the beholder.