About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls
Book #1Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!
Book #2Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!
Heart of a Philanthropist's Take
I enjoyed Cinderella Stays Late. It is a new spin on an old story. The 'evil stepsisters' have more of a sibling rivalry and are trying to steal the affection of Cinderella's dad away from her. This is a different twist since in the story we are familiar with, Cinderella's dad dies and Cinderella is left to slave over her step-family.
Instead of staying home to work for the step-mother and her daughters, Cinderella goes to Grimm Academy with her step-sisters. There she meets her new friends Snow White, Rapunzel, and Red Riding Hood.
I liked the magical parts of the book, such as Mother Goose's Library. I won't say much because I don't want to spoil it for the reader. I liked the new spin on Cinderella's glass slippers, and I liked that the authors used very vivid descriptions in their writing. It was interesting that Cinderella wished she felt more welcome by her new friends. There was a bit of insecurity that eventually went away when Cinderella realized her new friends really did have her back.
Cinderella Stays Late by Joan Holub
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was a fun little book. It was short and easy to read, but had substance. The main characters are Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Red Riding Hood. Cinderella is introduced to Grimm Academy and arrives late because her mean step-sisters pulled a trick on her. They do that all the time.
Cinderella, (AKA Cinda) makes friends pretty easy with the other girls. She discovers all kinds of magical things about Grimm Academy like her school book that is blank until she tells it what subject she wants to study.
Magic and fairy tale fun abound in the book. BUT there is some scary stuff too. What is the EVIL society and does it still exist today? The reader gets just enough information to want to know more, but... he/she will have to wait to the next book for the answers. The book ends with a few questions left for a sequel.
I enjoyed the book- even as an adult. It brings fantasy and fairy tale together for a fun story line. I recommend it for fun reading to kids who like fantasy.
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About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne WilliamsJoan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com
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