Cinderella Rex (Once Before Time Book 1)

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This story ticks all the boxes for our family. Dinosaurs, especially T-Rex are all over my grandchildren's house, from wall hangings, to bedding and quilts. This retelling of Cinderella using dinosaurs gave it just the twist we loved. Cinderella Rex is not looking to get married, but she just wants to dance. The fairy triceratops makes her wish come true and when she gets to the ball, everyone, including the prince, wants to know who the amazing dancer is. Of course midnight strikes and when she loses a shoe running off, she can't pick it up because of her tiny arms (we loved that part). I enjoyed that there was no romance, prince smitten by a beautiful princess, but just a fun story with the magical elements of the original fairytale. We all enjoyed this story. The illustrations were adorable, and even though this was a short board book with simple text, it appealed to both the three year old and the six year old.
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Cinderella Rex was a lot of fun to read. This book put a ton of new spins on this classic tale, and that was what made it great. You will take a journey into the past and see this tale told in a whole new way. This is a book I think kids will love to read.
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My 5 year old daughter liked the dinosaur twist on Cinderella. This is a silly book, perfect for this age. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Aww! A cute, easy to read dino-themed fairy tale. The illustrations are great and the text is appropriate for a 1-2nd grader to read on his/her own.
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Thank you to Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honesty review.

"Cinderella Rex ran down the steps. Her shoe fell off! She tried to pick it up, but her arms could not reach it."

Major kudos for cracking me up with this line! You see, Cinderella in this book is a T-Rex, and we all know that T-Rex arms are mostly worthless! :)

This was a super cute Cinderella-esque tale using dinosaurs. I chose this title to read because my kids are all about the dinos! And I wasn't let down, and neither were they!
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What a super cute retelling of Cinderella using dinosaurs. My 2 year old granddaughter loved it and wants it read to her over and over.
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Cinderella Rex is a cute spin on the popular fairy tale, Cinderella. Cinderella Rex is about a t-rex who loves to dance but can't because she has to take care of her stomp mother and stomp sisters. This book was so cute and well written! 

The boys I read this to loved it! They really enjoyed looking at the dinosaurs. We will definitely be buying a hard copy of this book!
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Once we took a close look at the cover, we all gave  out a big chuckle. Good twist on the Cinderella story with stomp mother and fairy triceratops.
All the details and whimsical drawings add to the fun.
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I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

SO CUTE. I love dinosaurs and I'm always a fan of a princess story, and this is adorable. I loved that the glass slipper had toes for the T-Rex, and I also liked that despite the presence of the prince, the main goal was dancing. It was very cute. I also loved the fact that what stopped Cinderella Rex from picking up her glass slipper was her short arms. Adorable story, would read again.
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I love this new twist on Cinderella. I think that by making the characters as dinosaurs, Christy Webster has broken through the gender stereotypes that come along with both princess stories and dinosaurs. I also appreciate that marriage and happily ever after is not a part of this story's ending. It is so important to teach kids about being kind to one another, to be friends with people who are different than you (gender, type of dinosaur, etc.), and to be true to yourself. Cinderella Rex does that as the heroine of the story doesn't run off to marry the prince, she teaches him how to do her favorite thing, which is to dance. I think that changing the ending so that Cinderella and the prince are friends with a shared hobby that they both enjoy is a beautiful new ending than to keep pushing the ideas of marriage on to children from such young ages.
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Approved by my fairy tale loving 3 year old. 

A pretty simple retelling of Cinderella, except that they are all dinosaurs. They're still personified, living in houses and wearing human type clothes. There's no romance here, the Prince is excited to find the great dancer he saw so they will give him lessons, so kids in the kissing is yucky phase will still enjoy. 

The art style is cute, with friendly looking dinos and texture given with scratch out rather than black lineart. Cinderella Rex was actually my least favorite design of the characters, it is telling that almost everyone else is an herbivore, maybe the illustrator knows where her strengths lie. I loved the clothing and dresses (more the feather and leaf shapes that make them up than the Prince's fleur-de-lis sportcoat which felt a little out of place in the art style) and it takes skill to get clothes on creatures with tails, some of whom are on four legs. There was one picture, of Cinderella Rex running down the stairs in her long skirt and her tail was fully visible from behind her, which doesn't make much sense. Somewhere in the design or editing process someone should have questioned that. It's the sort of thing nitpicky kids will notice and complain about too, trust me.

The changes to the text are mostly single words, they aren't stepsisters, they're STOMPsisters etc. There are some cute details like Cinderella not being able to pick up her shoe because her little arms can't reach (I am kind of betting that that detail was the first thing created for this story and the reason she was designed as a T-rex). I am interested in seeing where the series goes with other folklore, and I hope there are more little details and twists like that one.
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Cinderella Rex by author Christy Webster is an adorable and fresh children’s book worth the read (every time!) the plot and characters are written beautifully for the young readers, it did not disappoint! 

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Cinderella Rex is an adorable re-telling of Cinderella, starring dinosaurs.  Cinderella is a T-Rex who loves to dance, but must serve her selfish stompmother and stompsisters.  As the story goes, when Cinderella Rex manages to go to the ball (with the help of her fairy Triceratops and a squash-coach), she captivates the prince and all ends happily after ever.  The illustrations are charming and absolutely perfect for the story.  This is a fantastic way to introduce the classic fairytale to young children.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Lovely take on Cinderella - the ending is particularly pleasing. The illustrations are very cute. The language is well-matched for the illustrations and the story. I worry that if I had to read this every night for a month it would drive me mad but isn't that the way with all children's books? Overall good.
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Hilarious "fractured" fairy tale spin-off on Cinderella that kids will absolutely adore! The art is especially fun and the dialogue will make this a super story to read out loud or as a fun bedtime story. Children are enamored with dinosaurs and seeing them in a fairy-tale setting is particularly unique. Great book! I highly recommend it.
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This is cute and I love that it is a dinosaur book that is geared more towards girls. The pictures are adorable. I was hoping for a bit of a variation of the traditional Cinderella story but overall it is a cute story book.
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I need more of these books! I love fairy tales. I love dinosaurs. I love this story. It is cute, and felt that the story was still true to the lesson while being more empowering and fun for kids and not so much a “prince saves the princess” cliche. 

I would love stories like this for my kids and my niece and nephew. It is relevant, bold and colourful as well as great for any child.
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I really enjoyed the illustrations that went with the book. Although it’s modeled after Cinderella, it has it’s own uniqueness with the dinosaurs that young children will enjoy.
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A very attractive look at the Cinderella story, but peopled by dinosaurs.  The issue with it may well be that it doesn't exactly "have" to be peopled by dinosaurs – the only benefit we get from this is one quip that seems to come too late to justify the decision.  But the ending, in being rather different to the usual, is a blindingly obvious point that I don't think I've seen in any other telling of the story before.  So the wacky casting is still a little dubious, but a lot of thought has been put into this – and certainly the design shows great artistry.  Recommended.
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What My Kids Loved:  The beautiful illustrations were full of glitters and little sparkle spots that just made for a lovely book.  My daughter was asking me not to turn the page yet so that she could look a little longer!  She loved that the story was a Cinderella version, because Disney is everything right now!  Finally, she liked that Cinderella loved to dance, because she does too!

What I Loved:  I also enjoyed the illustrations, they really were just beautiful.  I liked the story because it was a take on Cinderella, but it wasn't a romance-love story, it was a love of dance story.  That was a nice change to the traditional story.  I also enjoyed that the characters were dinosaurs; that was just cute.

What's This Book About Anyway?
Cinderella Rex just loves to dance.  She lives with her very mean "stomp"mother and "stomp" sisters.  A ball is being held at the castle, but Cinderella Rex is not allowed to go!  Then, her fairy Triceratops arrives and provides her with her dress and carriage.  She's going to be able to dance at the ball!  Of course, the story has her losing her shoe and her midnight curfew.  The slight changes in how the prince finds her so she can teach him to dance were just perfect.
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