Reviews for Cinderella : The Dog and Her Little Glass


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 November 2000
Ages 5-8, younger for reading aloud. Goode tells this version of the Cinderella story almost with a straight face. It's the pictures that give it away: all the characters are dogs. Although the various breeds are no doubt recognizable to dog lovers, there's little concession to dogginess: they wear eighteenth-century clothing and wigs and inhabit fine homes and palaces. Cinderella's dress at the first ball is a doggy fantasy, with bunnies and foxes embroidered on her skirts. Dog biscuits adorn not only all the banquet food but also most of the clothing and hairdos, and, for a final visual fillip, the prince is a dog about half the size of Cinderella. The pastel palette sets off the browns, blacks, and grays of the canine populace nicely, and a good time is had by all --even the forgiven stepsisters. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2001 Spring
What sets this version of Cinderella apart is not the text but the illustrations. Dogs of all varieties dressed in elegant eighteenth-century garb dance a stately minuet when Cinderella arrives at the ball. Although the dog motif is carried through in the amusing architectural details and decorations on Cinderella's gown, this book lacks the humor and originality of Goode's previous [cf2]The Dinosaur's New Clothes.[cf1] Copyright 2001 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 2000 September #1
The year's umpteenth new version of Cinderella features an all-canine cast of diverse breeds, and just as the female lead towers over her diminutive prince, this stands head, shoulders, and brisket above William Wegman's oppressively mannered rendition (1993). Goode sticks closely to the Perrault/Disney tradition, fairy godmother, glass slipper and all, outfitting her ball-goers in elaborate 18th-century dress and sending them to a grand chateau where couples can be seen chasing each other (sometimes on two legs, sometimes on all fours) through the gardens. Every scene is brightly lit, every long-jawed face wears a smile, and the ultimately forgiven stepsisters are last seen giving Cinderella grateful licks. It's all perfectly fetching and not quite superfluous. (Picture book/fairy tale. 6-8) Copyright 2000 Kirkus Reviews

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2000 August #1
As she did in The Dinosaur's New Clothes, Goode gives a familiar fairy tale an unexpected cast, this time introducing a pack of canines with a good-natured spaniel as the title character. The author interjects some witty wordplay (Cinderella's stepmother is a "well-bred" lady; and one of her mangy stepsisters scoffs, "Everyone would laugh to see such a dirty dog at the ball"), but it is the art that throws youngsters the juicier bone. Silly images abound: the nasty stepsisters, dressed in their finery with powdered wigs towering above their ears, primp for the ball; Cinderella's fairy godmother, a winged dog wearing a pink tutu, hovers above the ground; and the tongues of canine revelers hang out literally as the transformed beauty enters the royal ballroom. Goode works dog motifs into her luminous paintings with amusing frequency (dogs are featured on furniture and wall moldings, as weathervanes and statues and a paw-print pattern decorates Cinderella's wedding dress). This imposing heroine and the much smaller prince, a Jack Russell terrier, make quite the fetching couple as they celebrate their wedding at the tail end of this waggish volume. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2000 September
PreS-Gr 4-Goode, who cast dinosaurs in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes," now makes dogs the actors in this version of "Cinderella." Though she does not acknowledge her source, her shortened, colloquial retelling follows Marcia Brown's free translation of Charles Perrault's story (Scribner, 1971). Dogs dressed as 18th-century French courtiers provide boundless opportunities for verbal and visual jokes. For example, the bodice of one stepsister's ball gown fastens with bones, while bones decorate her extravagant wig. She mocks Cinderella by saying, "Everyone would laugh to see such a dirty dog at the ball." The scenes of the gala feature a wild assortment of breeds, as well as an elegant wolf couple. The prince, looking adoring as only a canine can, is half Cinderella's height, not counting her wig. Goode dresses the animals in pretty pastel colors and displays them against buff stone architecture, carved with dogs in bas-relief. Librarians who enjoy the humor of dressed-up animals as human surrogates may relish the silliness and informality of this story, an irreverent contrast to the standard version. Traditionalists may find it all a bit arch and tedious, and will prefer Brown's classic for storyhour. Collection builders may want to add it to meet demands for comparative retellings of the famous tale.-Margaret A. Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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