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Cinderella's Secret Diary Diary – Illustrated, 11 Oct 2012
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From rags to riches . . . read Cinderella's famous story in her own words.
About the Author
Faye Hanson is an exciting new talent in the world of children's books. Having graduated with distinction from Anglia Ruskin University's Children's Book Illustration MA in 2008, she was immediately signed by Macmillan Children's Books. CINDERELLA'S SECRET DIARY is Faye's second picture book, following THE WYCHWOOD FAIRIES (978-0-23071496-0), which won the Children's Trade category at the 2011 British Book Design and Production Awards. Faye lives in London and spends her time painting, drawing and knitting.
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Colleagues at work, without their own access to Amazon asked me to buy copies for them, which were adored by the children to whom they were given.
When the colleagues heard that a new book, Cinderella's Secret Diary, was being published I was again asked to buy them copies -even before the publication date!
Copies have now been bought and the first real customer feedback - from a 5-year-old (who still loves to read Wychwood Fairies)was, ''This is our precious book, Grandma''.
The other adult readers are very impressed with the book but have bought it for Christmas presents, so no feedback so far from the children.
The Cinderella's Diary story is a clever and very different way of telling a familiar children's story.It is a very good idea that works!
The book will be loved by little ones to whom the story is read and also by older children who will be able to read it for themselves.
The cover is 'embossed' in the style of the first book but also gives the idea of it being a secret diary with the little 'keyhole' being visible on the front.
There are a few surprises hidden away inside to add a bit more magic and involvement in the story.
The artwork once again is outstanding and the font - cleverly made to represent handwriting - is clear enough for early readers to read with ease.
My granddaughters will get their copies for Christmas so I cannot comment on their opinions just yet. However, I am conovinced that, like with Wychwood Fairies, they will love the book and treasure it for years to come.
I know for certain that their grandparents love it.(One had a career working with young children so knows a good childrens book when she sees one) and hence this glowing recommendation on Amazon.
My 6-year-old daughter loves this book. She loved it before we even read it. This is because it is like a scrapbook throughout with Cinderella putting in a lot of keepsakes of her time being treated like a slave by her stepmother and ugly stepsisters, and among the keepsakes are some that you can remove - Cinderella's invite to the ball, a paper tiara and a paper folding make-up mirror. It looks beautiful. Also the opening page is clever in that it says "This book belongs to..." with the ... being filled in with Cinderella and she likes that.
Then we read the story which is very well done, although the entries are not the longest. It comes across how quickly things happen between Cinderella's dad and the stepmother, how quickly things change for her, how much work the ugly sisters and the step mother are making Cinderella do and the hardship she is suffering. Then there are extended entries covering the day of the ball and the events after happen so quickly to give us the happy ending.
Perhaps it is a little short but fairy tales are, and this is so well presented, and little girls love secret things don't they, so what's not to like?
Secret Diary has been written by Cinderella herself and begins with tales of her happy life as a small child and follows the decline as her father introduces the horrible Madame Riche and her two daughters, Agnes and Odette, into the family. It's a re-telling of the traditional fairytale but; what I like most are the tiny momentos, keepsakes, tucked away inside the book for little girls to find as they explore the story. Wonderful idea.
The whole presentation is just glorious from the illustrations, padded covers, thick glossy paper and, of course, Cinders herself. I can't imagine any little girl, 4-8 age group, not being enchanted with Cinderella's Secret Diary. Gorgeous.
Today my two brothers turned up at my house demanding entry. Supposedly a wolf had arrived at their door, huffed, puffed and blew their houses down."
I think that all fairy tales should come in dairy form and I may not be the only person if `Cinderella's Secret Diary' by Faye Hanson is anything to go by. `Secret Diary' is yet another retelling of this classic fairy tale, but by telling the story from the point of view of Cinder's diary we are able to explore deeper into the thought processes of our downtrodden heroine. Hanson does an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the tale, but also giving Cinderella a more rounded character as you witness first-hand a series of incredible events. For the slightly older child, who knows the story well already, this is a great book to explore further, but also help them understand the concept of diary/journal keeping.
If the retelling and diary mechanic are not enough, the rest of `Secret Diary' is also of a high quality. The book has some great illustrations and comes with some interactive elements; the tiara being a particular favourite of mine. The entire book is printed on quality paper and in full colour, making it a fantastic book for the right child.
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