Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups

Book Review: Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups


Some months back, the school my daughter studied in – Kangaroo Kids, Malad – used their tie-up with Scholastic and offered a range of Scholastic books at discounted prices. There were some really good books of various genres, and this one really caught my attention. Written by Stephanie Clarkson and illustrated by Brigette Barrager, Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-ups is an entertaining story for the girls from 6 onwards.


Based on the simple idea that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, this story mixes up the lives of four fairy tale princesses and helps them achieve their own happily-ever-after ending on their own terms. Princesses? Happily ever after on their own and without a prince? You can’t get more gender neutral than that, and if it’s gender neutral, I have it.


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Four princesses – Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderalla, and Sleeping Beauty – are fed up of their current lives and walk out in search of a solution or solace, whatever comes first. As circumstances happen, they end up swapping places with one another. But after some time, they realize that they miss their homes and all they needed to do was to put their foot down and discuss their problems. The story ends with all the princesses reaching their happily-ever-afters on their own terms.


Written in an “aabb” rhyme scheme, the language is catchy and playful; the illustrations are expressive and colourful. But the most important aspect for me was that the content was girly enough to appeal to the target age group, but did not dumb the princesses. The characters are smart, funny, and human enough for the girls to identify with. Moreover, the story is entertaining enough for adults to read too. I read the book and was awed by the mere concept of it and the way the story unfolds. That, in my opinion, is reason enough to buy the book and enjoy it.