Cover image for Hilary Knight's Cinderella.
Hilary Knight's Cinderella.
Knight, Hilary.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [2001]

Physical Description:
33 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
After being mistreated by her stepfamily, a young girl receives help from her fairy godmother so that she can attend the palace ball.
General Note:
"Originally published in slightly different form by Random House, Inc. in 1981"--T.p. verso.
Added Uniform Title:
Cinderella. English.

Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library PZ8.K7395 HI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Childrens Area
Clarence Library PZ8.K7395 HI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Clearfield Library PZ8.K7395 HI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales
Orchard Park Library PZ8.K7395 HI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library PZ8.K7395 HI 2001 Juvenile Non-Fiction Fairy Tales

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Hilary Knight imbues the story of Cinderella with characters of the same humor, zest, and personality that have made generations of children and grown-ups fall in love with his most famous creation: Eloise. A pair of pet cats, a blue fairy godmother, and an endearing, if somewhat overweight, Prince Charming are just a few of the delightful details that dance across these pages--right into readers' hearts--in this thoroughly charming, sometimes surprising, and always original version of the classic fairy tale.

Author Notes

Hilary Knight was born on November 1, 1926. He is the son of artist-writers Clayton Knight and Katherine Sturges. He was born in Hempstead, Long Island and grew up in the town of Roslyn. When he was six the family moved to Manhattan where he has lived ever since. He is the illustrator of over fifty books, nine of which he also wrote.

He is best known as the illustrator of Kay Thompson's Eloise (1955) and others in the Eloise series. He lives in an apartment in midtown Manhattan which also serves as his studio and library. His illustrations are available for purchase at two galleries--the Giraffics Gallery (East Hampton, New York) and Every Picture Tells a Story (Santa Monica, California).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. There's nothing unusual or special about the text of this Cinderella. What sets the book apart is the artwork. Fans of Knight's pictures, as seen in the Eloise series or his version of the "The Owl and the Pussycat" will also like these whimsical renderings. Knight's Cinderella is pretty, though she looks quite young; the stepsisters are suitably snobby. Only the prince is a surprise: an almost chubby redhead who looks more puckish than handsome. Both art and text are light and airy, appropriate because this whole package has a featherweight feel. For larger collections or where Knight's books are popular. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Hilary Knight remains true to the original in his retelling of Cinderella. First published in 1978, his subdued hues and robust, stylized drawings create a once-upon-a-time enchantment. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This newly illustrated version of a 1981 text follows the bare bones of Charles Perrault's story, but with the addition of a versifying godmother. The pen-and-watercolor pictures show the gravestone of Cinderella's mother by the front doorway and the unpleasant stepsisters constantly bickering. Cinderella looks like a sweet `60s model as she goes about her work, and the prince seems like a pudgy fop. The story ends with the stepsisters forgiven and, if the pictures are any indication, happy to wait hand and foot on the newlyweds. All in all, a workaday version of the popular tale.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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