Wednesday, July 10, 2019

If the Shoe Fits - a bookwrap

If the Shoe Fits

 Authored by Deb Guarino  
Illustrated by Seth Hippen

* Age Range - 5-8
* Grade Level - K-3
* Hardcover - 32 pages
* Publisher - Schiffer Kids 1 edition
* Pub. Date - Nov. 28, 2019
* Language - English

Unwrapping some fantastic illustrations for you to enjoy

Unwrapping the Story

I love fractured fairytales and this one won't disappoint.  Everyone is familiar with the classic tale of Cinderella I'm sure.  It's always enjoyable to read a clever, fresh retell of a story that has an unpredictable plot twist.  

The story is told through the eyes of Murray the local cobbler.  How did he get involved?  Well the panicky godmother's wand has run out of power.  She finds herself in quite a pickle as she had enough power to create everything Cinderella needed for her makeover except her shoes.  Oh my... she can't go to the ball barefooted now can she? 

"Ah!" I said, smiling. "Is that all you ask?
I've got some in back! size five...made of glass." 
That fairy was enchanted! She said she'd pay well
as soon as she recharged her magic and spells. 

 The next day, Mona, Murray's clerk rushes in so excited. She is convinced that she is destined to marry a prince and this will be her  only chance to make her dream come true.  Last night at the ball the prince fell in love and just as he was about to propose marriage his love took off and left her glass shoe behind.  He is now looking everywhere for his beauty and he will claim the woman who fits that shoe for his bride.   Poor Murray is caught off guard with her news because he loves Mona dearly and would love to marry her himself.  

Mona persuades Murray to make her a glass slipper, size nine, so when the Prince comes looking for his bride-to-be ... it will be her.  Poor Murray what is he to do?  His heart is torn between his true love of Mona and wanting to make her happy and her dream come true.  Can this story possibly become a " and they lived happily-ever-after" fairytale?  

The text is written in perfect rhyme and decadently displayed on scrolls of parchment.  The illustrations are whimsical, animated and full of emotion.  The author brilliantly blends the old story and the new making it a very fun read indeed.  Everyone loves a good plot twist and a happy ending.  This sweet book delivers both. I love it and I highly recommend it.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

Meet the author

Deborah Guarino is the author of the popular children’s classic Is Your Mama a Llama?, which has been entertaining readers for three generations in several editions and languages worldwide. An accomplished playwright, artist, editor, copywriter, and professional actor, her admiration for the hilarious Mel Brooks and her friendship with the late, great author Isaac Asimov inspired her to create Murray, the story’s narrator. A Jersey girl who still resides in the Garden State, Deborah has also lived in Manhattan and London and is the single mom of two handsome, talented sons, Josh and Daniel. Currently the human in residence in a home she shares with her dog, two cats, and a parrot, Deborah is also a popular speaker at schools nationwide.

About the Illustrator

I am a character animator and designer. Bringing characters to life is my cup-o-tea.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

Wow! Thanks, Storywraps, for a great review! Amazon hasn't posted any reviews on their pages yet, even though the official pub date was yesterday (Happy Thanksgiving, by the way!), so I was really happy to see yours! So glad you enjoyed the book and its true meaning of loving the real person right for you, and not some fantasy, i.e., a prince, etc. Now I'm just hoping readers will understand it's a book written for older readers and adults, NOT preschoolers, in spite of some factual errors online. Thanks again!