Synopses & Reviews
Castor offers a none too dark version of the Cinderella story augmented with interactive elements that include flaps a wheel and a closing pop up. Set in vertical panels whose stitched and patched edges allude to the rags aspect of Cinderella’s rags to riches story Castor’s retelling strikes a casual contemporary tone while the sweetness of Coh’s illustrations downplays the abuse Cinderella suffers at her stepfamily’s hands; in an odd detail Cinderella’s father retreats to his study early on never to be heard from again. While basic the interactive elements are used well—readers unfold the prince’s royal invitation as though opening a letter and turning a wheel transforms a pumpkin into Cinderella’s coach and her tattered outfit into a peach gown. A solid interactive adaptation if not an exceptional one. Ages 3–5. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."