School Library Journal's Top 100 Children Novels #85
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
The Recipe: Ella Enchanted is a unique take on the Cinderella fairy tale. Ella isn't like most girls. She obeys every command she's given-not because she chooses to, but because a spell was cast on her at birth by a ditzy fairy, who deemed that she MUST obey when given a command. Throughout her adventures, she cleverly thinks of new ways to rebel against her curse, but it still has as hold on her. Will she ever escape its hold or will it continually destroy her chances at happiness?
The Frosting and Sprinkles: I have to get this off my chest first. If you saw that horrible excuse for a movie with the same name as this book, ERASE IT FROM YOUR MEMORY. To say the book is better is not emphatic enough. IT'S NOT EVEN THE SAME STORY! I am totally confused by the movie. Totally.
Moving on...I LOVED this book. I just love the unique twist on the Cinderella story-Ella isn't an abuse enabler (like in the actual fairy tale), she is simply under a spell and cannot help doing everything people command of her. Ella is a strong female character any girl can relate to. She's humorous and has a great personality. And I LOVE that Char falls in love with her because of her personality and character. Don't worry-that didn't get anything anyway.
Speaking of Char-another strong, great character. As my sister says, "He's swoon-worthy." He's a gentleman-respectable yet humorous, kind yet strong.
Levine is an excellent story-teller. I couldn't put down the book! The story flows well and her writing is entertaining and humorous.
This book has many positive lessons for kids-thinking for yourself, forced obedience vs. heart-felt obedience, the importance of character to name a few.
The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: Nothing. Except that movie.
5 Out of 5 Cupcakes!