Cinderella Liberator

by Rebecca Solnit

illustrated by Arthur Rackham


Yes, I know this is a picture book but it is such a fun book to read I had to share it! It was even in the GoodReads Awards for 2019. Sadly I don’t think it made it to the final round but I do know it made it all the way to the semi finals!

I really loved this modern take on an old classic. Everyone knows the story of Cinderella but have you read Ella’s story. This book was fun to read and full of so many great messages. They talk about how beauty is in the eye of the beholder and everyone thinks different things about what is beautiful and what makes them happy. They talk about following your dreams and not conforming to who everyone around you wants you to be, and so much more. This book while it’s a picture book is really for the older reader. I don’t see a young reader or listener getting the messages out of it. They would like the story yes, but that is it. The middle grade, teen and even adult reader will get so much more out of this tale! If your younger reader/listener is looking for they get married and live happily ever after than this is not for them. One thing that the author did that is so different from the original is she had Cinderella aka: Ella’s parents be divorced and off on their own grand adventures. Her mom is a sea captain, sailing the big blue ocean. Her dad is off being a judge somewhere far away and so she is stuck at home taking care of her Evil wicked stepmom and her mean stepsisters.

I have so many quotes and thoughts written down from reading Cinderella Liberator. I’m glad I took the time to read it and it is one of my favorites this year. The illustrations are great to. I love that their is no detail just the silhouettes of what everything is. They color scheme inside is the same as the color scheme outside baby blue and black. I hope you take the time to grab a copy from your local library or bookstore and read this gem.

About the book: In this modern twist on the classic story, Cinderella, who would rather just be Ella, meets her fairy godmother, goes to a ball, and makes friends with a prince. But that is where the familiar story ends. Instead of waiting to be rescued, Cinderella learns that she can save herself and those around her by being true to herself and standing up for what she believes.