CINDERELLA by Steven Guarnaccia
Kirkus Star


A Fashionable Tale
Age Range: 4 - 8
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A crisp, modern take on the oft-told tale: deliciously subversive and visually captivating.

Electrolux vacuum in hand, this Twiggy-esque Cinderella is fresh, bright and absolutely unexpected in her patchwork shift (of designer patterns). Here, the confines of fairy-tale dress are shed, and the Perrault story becomes the perfect vehicle to celebrate fashion—and the real-life mavericks who redefined beauty in the 20th and 21st centuries. Done in an Art Deco style with pencil, pen and watercolor, the artwork is reminiscent of fashion illustrations, with its exaggerated proportions and use of color and pattern. And Guarnaccia’s simple, sophisticated drawings imply a luxuriousness brought to life. Young fashionistas will delight in the fabulous, ponytailed fairy godfather who offers up haute couture designs, as well as the gorgeous endpapers that denote the famous designs found within: Yves St. Laurent, Bally, Christian Dior and more.

Chic and sophisticated, a delectable homage to fashion. (Picture book/fairy tale. 4-8)

Pub Date: Feb. 4th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0986-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Abrams
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2014


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