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Book DetailsISBN: 9781741690811
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Book Review: Aussie Gems: Cindy Ella by Tom Champion - Reviewed by Boomert (14 Jan 2010)
In the sturdy tradition of the fractured fairytale comes this re-interpretation of Cinderella as part of the ‘Aussie Gems’ series of value-priced hardcover picture books. The usual suspects undergo additional transformations—Cindy’s cruel stepsisters, Rochelle and Sheryle have hairy legs and bad haircuts, and a red kangaroo is transport to the ball. But the best fun is to be had with the dialogue. Left at home while others dance at the Gundaroo Sheep Shearers’ Mingle Ball Cindy-Ella gazes at the stars, ‘This ain’t fair dinkum.’ With a wave of wattle Fairy Godnanna has her in a new denim skirt, sparkly top and thongs, one of which leads Steve the gun shearer to Cindy’s door the next day, ‘You left this behind last night, hon. Doin’ a runner on me were ya?’ Sigh, the romance of it all, over too soon. The original tale relies on repetition and anticipation but the author, grandson of Ruth Park and son of Kilmeny Niland, has to squeeze his warm-hearted version into 24 pages. Fortunately Singleton wraps up the story with a telling illustration on the imprint page. Pity the endpapers couldn’t have been brought into play. Cindy-Ella is for children from lower primary age and up, who may know enough about Cinderella to get the jokes.
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