Cinder-Elephant (Twisted Fairy Tales) by Samantha Newman ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog

Primary Genre(s): Children’s Fiction
Published: 1 July 2021 by Arcturus
Page count: 32 (print)
My Format: ebook via NetGalley
Cover: Great
Pacing: Perfect
Ending: Awesome  
Do I Recommend: Yes
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy Cinder-Elephant

My rating: ★★★★★

Young Cinderella is desperate to go to the handsome prince’s ball… and she’s delighted when Fenella the fairy offers to help her. Unfortunately though, Fenella hasn’t really got the hang of her magic wand yet. Can Cinderella dance with the prince without tripping over her glass… flippers? And can she leave before midnight when she’ll turn into a ten-ton Cinder-Elephant?

My Thoughts
Here are my pros and cons for Cinder-Elephant:


  1. The entire premise of this book is based on the fact that Fairy Godmother needs to get the fairy dust out of her ears! When Cinderella asks to look elegant for the ball, Fairy Godmother turns her into an elephant instead! From there hilarious antics ensue!
  2. This story has a lot of words on each page (short paragraphs), but it also includes small (and hilarious!) illustrations to support the story. Kudos to the illustrator, James Hearne, for making me laugh more than once!
  3. It is funny! Kids will love it!


If your child knows the Cinderella story by heart, they will adore this Twisted Fairy Tale version of the story. This short story made me laugh, so your kids will definitely be tickled by the silliness! I highly recommend it.

This book is written for reading ages 6 to 8 years old and is 32 pages long.

Thank you NetGalley and Arcturus for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.  

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