Reviews for Cinderhazel : The Cinderella of Halloween


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1998
Cinderhazel, the dirtiest witch in town, wins the heart of Prince Alarming, ""the king of dirt,"" who loves a mess as much as she. Hazel, with her blond hair and white polka-dot dress, cuts a cleaner-looking figure than her supposedly neater fellow-witches; equally ambiguous is whether her stepmother and sisters are disgusted by, or jealous of, her filth. The chaotic text and illustrations are more puzzling than humorous. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1997 October
A comic take on the "Cinderella" theme. Hazel is a determined witch who loves dirt, although the reason for this obsession is never revealed. She is delighted when her snobby stepsisters and stepmother call her "Cinderhazel." When the trio flies off to the Witches' Halloween Ball in hope that reclusive Prince Alarming will finally choose a bride, they leave her behind. Hazel, however, is unconcerned she doesn't want to dance with "some hoity-toity prince" anyway. But when her Godwitch informs her that the Prince is really the "King of Dirt," Hazel is intrigued and zooms off to the palace on her once-broken broom, now magically transformed into a Hoopler vacuum cleaner. While Hazel and the Prince have their disagreements, true love wins out and they live "filthily ever after." Children will delight in Lattimore's humorous watercolor illustrations of green-faced witches with wild frazzled hair. However, while the plot adheres to the motifs of the traditional Cinderella tale, the premise isn't very imaginative. Some of Hazel's antics will surely provoke giggles, but the overall tone of the story is rather ho-hum. The text contains some clever wordplay, but one of Hazel's chants misses completely ("wing" is supposed to rhyme with "clean"). Despite the subtitle, Halloween is barely mentioned. With humorous gems such as Don Freeman's Space Witch (Puffin, 1979; o.p.) and Ellen Jackson's Cinder Edna (Lothrop, 1994) in most collections, feel free to sweep this one under the rug. Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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