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Title: Ninja-rella by Joey Comeau
Cinderella has a happy childhood with loving parents, but one day her mother dies. She copes by spending all of her time practicing sword fighting. Her father eventually remarries, but then he too dies. Cinderella’s stepmother and stepsisters treat her like a slave and make her life miserable. It’s Cinderella’s dream to serve as the Prince’s bodyguard, but if her stepmother won’t let her go to the ball, how will he ever see her awesome ninja skills?
This is a really fun retelling of the classic Cinderella story. Put aside any thoughts of romance–this young lady is totally focused on a career as a ninja! Cinderella’s fairy godninja comes through and makes a way for Ninja-rella to get to the ball–even wielding a fancy glass sword. She ends up defending the prince against some would-be assassins and he hires her as his personal bodyguard. Wishes really do come true! 😉
I think my favorite part of this book is the illustrations. They have a very Asian-inspired feel about them, but in a childish, cartoonesque way. At the end of the book there’s a page with some interesting tidbits about the original Cinderella tale, and a few questions about the visual aspects of the book to get children examining the artwork.
I recommend Ninja-rella to kids who enjoy fairy tales and unique retellings of classic stories. This one gets a thumbs-up as being highly appealing to kids!
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
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