Thursday, December 11, 2014

Book Review: Ella Enchanted

A Fair Trade Book

Title: Ella Enchanted
        
Author: Gail Carson Levine

Author's marketing web site: http://www.gailcarsonlevine.com/

Author's Blogspot: http://gailcarsonlevine.blogspot.com/
        
Date: 1997
        
Publisher: Harper Collins / Scholastic
        
ISBN: 0-439-55407-1
        
Length: 232 pages
        
Quote: “Lucinda did not intend to lay a curse on me. She meant to bestow a gift.”
        
For those who missed the movie, Ella Enchanted is an updated, considerably expanded, Cinderella story with a fresh take on Ella’s passivity: she’s been made that way by the curse of perpetual obedience bestowed on her by her bungling fairy godmother. Any further discussion of the plot may now qualify as a spoiler, so let’s just say that there are gnomes and ogres, and a sweet, age-appropriate romance develops before Ella officially meets Prince Charmont at the ball. Lots of whimsy, lots of comedy, and of course everyone lives happily ever after, but in a more creative way than Walt Disney could have imagined.

My personal favorite version of the Cinderella story will always be Eleanor Farjeon’s Glass Slipper, but this one is fresh, funny, and immensely superior to the Disney version in every way.

It's always easy to find secondhand copies of bestsellers from just a few years ago, but if you buy Ella Enchanted here, it's $5 for the book + $5 for shipping, and Gail Carson Levine or a charity of her choice gets $1. (Yes, if you order other things that fit into the same package and pay only one shipping charge, each living author whose book you buy gets 10% of the price for that book.)