ELLA ENCHANTED is a witty, refreshing take on the popular fairytale, Cinderella which preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female protagonist. "If you've read HARRY POTTER, try ELLA ENCHANTED" Publishers Weekly Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift ...Read MoreELLA ENCHANTED is a witty, refreshing take on the popular fairytale, Cinderella which preserves the spirit of the original but adds plenty of humorous twists and a spunky, intelligent female protagonist. "If you've read HARRY POTTER, try ELLA ENCHANTED" Publishers Weekly Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift of obedience! but the blessing turns into a horror for Ella who literally has to do what anyone and everyone tells her, from sweeping the floor to giving up a prrecious necklace! She has to battle with ogres and wicked stepsisters, make friends and loose them, and even deny she loves her Prince Char to save his life and his kingdom. The story overthrows the stereotypes of the original Cinderella when Ella breaks the curse - not the prince - saving not only herself, but Prince Char as well. And Ella rejects his proposal of marriage, at least until she decides herself to propose to him! And the curse is only broken because she's said 'No!' rather than 'Yes!'. - "If you've read Harry Potter, try ELLA ENCHANTED." Publishers Weekly - High in Publishers Weekly Bestseller list for several months - A Newbery Honor Medal winner, 1998 - SHORTLISTED WITH hARRY pOTTER IN jULY FOR THE aMERICAN mYTHOPAEIC aWARD (dIANA wYNNE jONES WON).Read Less
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Quite literally, a 'charming' book. Fantasy is not my usual genre, but this book did seem so sweet. I'm happy to have read it now, but there are some things that disappointed me.
Since birth, Ella was cursed by a fairy to always be obedient. Although it is good for growing children to obey their elders, a curse of obedience can be one's downfall. It definitely made an interesting plot to see how Ella would deal with following every command (even from her friends), and especially the commands that people didn't really mean for her to do, yet she had to struggle through anyways. I rather think that some parents may not like the attitude that Ella takes on; because she knows that she is cursed to obey every command, she literally wills herself not to obey, even for trivial tasks. I didn't exactly like the way that Ella balked at the tiny things, but I suppose that her challenging spirit had to be revealed somehow.
Another point that disappointed me in the story is the twist that the author adds at the end. Basically, it is an exact retelling of the Cinderella story. I was quite dumbfounded that she didn't omit one detail, and copied the Cinderella story so precisely. I realize that the author was tying the two plots together, but it could have been done more discreetly with tact.
Ella has good wits, a noble heart, and much creativity. Several times throughout the story she reminded me of the character Emily Byrd Starr from the 'Emily' novels, by L.M. Montgomery. If you like 'Ella Enchanted', then you should try the 'Emily' series.
May 25, 2008
READ THIS BOOK!
I found this book right around when I was in second grade. I am now in ninth grade and I STILL love this book. Ella is a young girl, just hitting her teenage years, when her mother dies. The event leaves Ella heartbroken, and miserable. This feeling only increases when she finds out that Sir Peter (her father) has decided that she is too unkempt for society at this point, and so sends her to finishing school with her two new, and brilliantly despicable stepsisters who love nothing more than to boss Ella around and, in general, make her life a rather nasty thing to live. This would be no problem for most people because they wouldn't actually have to obey the orders they were given, but Ella is special; in a bad way. She was given a "gift" at birth by a fairy. She HAS to do whatever she is told. She can't help it. Eventually Ella is pushed to her breaking point, and unknowingly embarks upon an adventure that will give her a love, freedom, and a REAL life; one that is truly hers to live. This new take on the old Cinderella tale is utterly refreshing. The heroine is anything but your typical ?damsel-in-distress?, and the handsome prince charming is not all brawn this time either. He actually does have a brain. All in all, this book is a wonderful change of pace from your typical childish fairytale.
Jul 30, 2007
New Twist on an Old Story
I always though Cinderella was a bit of a ninny, but now I know why she always did what her wicked relatives told her to! A fresh look at an old story, this tale is beautifully crafted. A must read for any fairy tale lover.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-03-31 Levine's artful debut novel features a spunky heroine whose trials, all faced with admirable steadiness, give new twists to the classic Cinderella story. Ella is burdened with a curse (she cannot disobey a command), bestowed at birth as a gift from an addled fairy and thisæplus the loss of her beloved motheræcauses all sorts of troubles. Before her death, Ella's mother commands her daughter to keep the curse a secretæonly the cook, Mandy, who is also a fairy, knows the truth. Although Mandy won't use what she calls "big magic," she does give Ella a magical book that, through glimpses of other people's correspondence, lets her see what is going on in the lives of her new friend, Prince Charmont, her soon-to-be stepsisters and her greedy father. Levine ably creates tension between the good and evil characters, throwing in an assortment of ogres, elves and gnomes. Young readers will be charmed by the budding romance between Ella and her prince and touched by her crippling fear of hurting the prince via the curse. After a humorous and inventive re-enactment of Cinderella's three appearances at the royal ball, the action concludes with a slightly skewed but happy ending. Although the pace of the story flags in spots, and the author never wholly engages a suspension of disbelief (Ella's escapes often come too easilyæfor example, when she tames ogres who want to make a meal of her), Levine provides a winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm that will leave readers with hopes of future tales of Ella and Prince Char. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1998-04-13 This lighthearted fantasy and recent Newbery Honor book re-invents the Cinderella story. "A winning combination of memorable characters and an alluring fantasy realm," said PW in a starred review. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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