Reviews

The Off-Beat Cinder Ella: who wants her shoe back…without the Prince

Dr. Dilley

5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring- Focus on a smart and independent female! 

This is a great reframe of the old Cinderella story. There is a prince who is very sure of himself. Cinder-Ella chooses independence and friendship of a different kind. Upbeat and uniquely illustrated. Must have for little girls and boys too! 

Spacey Schoettle

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous modern spin on an old fairy tale 

The story empowers young girls to find their prince by being themselves. Illustrations are fabulous. Commendable start to the series. 

The Off-Beat Cinder Ella by Anne Murray is an entertaining, quirky and totally original re-telling of the Cinderella story. However, this Cinder Ella story is very clever and different with a unique powerful message and unexpected brilliant twist.

Author Anne Murray’s unique writing style and creative storytelling ability brings new life to a story that has been loved and read over the years. With her clever use of language, fun narration and incredible idea for empowering girls to be themselves, she has written a special story that will entertain, intrigue and bring laughter and enjoyment to the reading experience for all girls ages 7 -12. The illustrations are amazing, artistic and as unique as the story itself. The use of color is eye-catching and very different – so striking! The Off-Beat Cinder Ella is a literary and artistic little masterpiece.  

Author Anne Murray’s unique writing style…brings new life to a story that has been loved and read over the years. With her clever use of language, fun narration and incredible idea for empowering girls to be themselves, she has written a special story that will entertain, intrigue and bring laughter and enjoyment to the reading experience for all girls ages 7 -12.  I read it to my children and they loved it! My girls are 6, 8 and 13 and they all were so enthralled by this Cinder Ella because she is active, fun and silly and she doesn’t follow the crowd. 

Giada Rose, Artisan Book Reviews

Jewel Hart, Chick Lit Café

I read this charming book to my granddaughter who is almost 6 and she totally got it and loved it – she is smart. Many children that young will love it and understand it. The amazing illustrations will enchant all children, even up to 14 years old in my opinion because they are so unique, quirky and artsy. Let’s not let our children grow up too fast and take away amazing artistic illustrations in their books and reading enjoyment. The story itself could be for as young as 6 year olds. The words that the author uses only helps to expand the younger child’s vocabulary and provide older kids with an original use of language making it that much more of an exciting, fun and entertaining Cinderella story.

This isn’t just any old rewrite of the Cinderella story. This one has meaning, is unique, super fun, empowers girls and brings children a new story to love and remember. My granddaughter, the one who is almost 6, has had me open this Cinder-Ella story and read it to her several times now. 

Book review by Edith Emanuh for Kids Lit BookCafé

Told through a lively, conversational tone, The Off-Beat Cinder Ella by Anne Murray is a charming children’s book whose storyline is unique.  Eccentric, resolute and intelligent, Cinder Ella is a delightful main character who knows what she wants.  Her comical story considerably veers off from the familiar fairy-tale style. 

Peter Pants: who lives each day down to its dregs

Book review by TN Traynor for Kids Lit Book Café

If I saw this book in the shops, I would buy it.  This is an entertaining story chockablock with quirky characters with unique traits.  Anne Murray has crafted a splendid retelling of the original Peter Pan story that will certainly captivate and amuse all children and readers of every age.  Peter Pants who lives each day down to its dregs (upside-down fairy tales) by Anne Murray comes highly recommended by Kids Lit Book Café. 

“Delightful illustrations and a fanciful tale make Peter Pants who lives each day down to its dregs a perfect book for children of all ages. …I knew instantly that, if I saw this book in the shops, I would buy it.  This is an entertaining story chockablock with quirky characters with unique traits.” 

Nicholas

A delightful romp and wonderful read.

Peter Pants, is a delightful romp that skips along brilliantly. The characters, while familiar, are new and refreshing. I loved it and promise you will too. 

Hammy & Gert: lost in the forest

Book review by TN Traynor for Kids Lit Book Café

Hammy & Gert is an especially captivating and engaging children’s story due to Anne Murray’s unique descriptive writing style and amusing narration, along with the truly beautiful and colorful illustrations. My children were overjoyed and pleased with this story when I read it to them. Since then, they have had me read it to them several times and they keep picking it up just to look at the incredible illustrations.

Anne Murray has crafted a well-written and delightfully entertaining story that touches on kindness, manners and keeping a positive attitude amongst other things.  Hammy & Gert, along with all of Anne Murray’s utterly charming upside-down fairy tale book series, comes highly recommended by Kids Lit Book Café.