Book Review: Cinderella and the Mean Queen

Book Review: Cinderella and the Mean QueenCinderella and the Mean Queen by Tony Bradman
Series: After Happily Ever After
Published by Capstone Pub on November 3rd 2005
Pages: 48

Stories about what happens at the end of the fairytale. Do they really live happily ever after? Does Rapunzel enjoy her new life at the palace when all she has to do all day is look after her lovely, long tresses. What happens when she rebels and has it all chopped off? And what of Cinderella? How does she cope with the Queen as a mother-in-law when she thinks that Cinders is just a pretty face. Cinderella sets out to prove how useful she is, and sets up Cinderella's Makeovers Salon.

Cinderella has had one happily ever after but now she finds out that her new mother-in-law is quite mean. She calls Cinderella useless and since she doesn't want the queen to think she is – she tries to find a job. In the end, she starts a makeover business and her and the queen bond as she does her over.

I must say that these books are super cute. The series After Happily Ever After is great for younger and, also, struggling readers. The plot is fun (and definitely a bit girly) and has a great message for kids. The illustrations are very cute and fit right in with what's going on in the story. Definitely a series I'd recommend for girls who love fairy tales.


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