She’s read it and I’ve read so here’s what we think! My first comment is about the cover, I think its beautiful! It reminds me very much of the paintings by Margaret Keane. Actually, the official cover has been changed since we received this Cinderella version. The new cover is the equally gorgeous Alice in Wonderland.
The book is part of the Once Upon a Zombie franchise which is kind of a big deal in the US, and as well as this book there are dolls and costumes available, here in the UK. The book is aimed at children aged between 8 and 14 ish but I’d say that depends on how sensitive your child is, Chloe, was quite nervous to read this, if you’re at all familiar with Monster High, I’d say this is a step up in age suitability from that.
I like reworkings of fairy tales and this is no exception.
The prologue explains that fairy tale authors have been rising from their graves.
The story is based around a 14 year old girl, Caitlin Fletcher, who is afraid of everything, and her sister Natalie who is bright and brave. Their lives change when Caitlin is tricked into going into a rabbit hole. It’s not just any rabbit hole though, it is actually Lewis Carroll’s grave and Caitlin ends up in the fairy tale universe…but its not pleasant, the world is decaying and teeming with zombies.
The plot is a rehash of Alice in Wonderland, mixed up with zombies and a touch of high school drama and of course a plot twist I can’t go into!
It was a great read, a real page turner, and its far more worthy than I’d expect a book of this sort (attached to a toy franchise I mean) to be. The characters are engaging, and all the fairytale favourites are present and correct, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White and its an exciting race to the conclusion.
My only downside to the story itself is the beginning which is a bit annoying, but that’s short lived and before the zombie storyline really kicks off.
Chloe found the book an uncomfortable read but I tried to encourage her to read it regardless. The reason being, the main character, Caitlin, suffers with severe anxiety, like Chloe, which she works through in the book which I felt would be great for Chloe to read. The reason it was difficult was because of her sensitive nature, she read it afraid that on each next page would be something she was scared by, but actually, that really wasn’t the case, and she did enjoy it. Her issues weren’t to do with the gruesomeness of the story which was fine, but more that she was expecting there to be gruesomeness she wouldn’t like. Based on that, I’d say, proceed with caution if you have a sensitive child.
All in all a great read though and one I’d definitely recommend. Makes a nice dark change from Rainbow Fairies and My little Ponies.
*Once Upon a Zombie received free of charge for review purposes.