Cinderella's Other Shoe

Children - Fable
104 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2019
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Author Biography

I am involved with a variety of creative projects in many different ways from events to shows to magazines and storytelling. I wrote during the lunchtime at primary school but then put down my pen till I rediscovered the joy of storytelling whilst working for children's radio.

Cinderella's Other Shoe came about from a developmental exercise set in a picture book class that was I attending run by author Christyan Fox. We were asked to retell the story of Cinderella, and this my version!

I have always loved the sheer entertainment of pantomimes that we have in the UK and I also love fractured fairy tales as they are a treasure trove of material both for readers and writers. So teaming up with Tevin Hansen to bring about this collaboration was great fun. We both have the same naughty sense of humour. I hope you think so too!

The magic of creative storytelling is that someone you have never met may be smiling and enjoying your work! Now that's what I call magic!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but have you ever wondered how the shoes felt about the ordeal? In Cinderella’s Other Shoe, author Philippa Rae tells the classic story from the perspective of Cinderella’s less famous shoe: the shoe that stays on her foot as she runs away from the ball. The running shoe, named Stomp, explains how she is an unlucky shoe who constantly steps in things, and is often sweated in. Then, on the night of the ball, she and her sister Buckle are turned into glass slippers by the fairy godmother, and they go to the ball with Cinderella. But when they have to flee before the clock strikes midnight, Buckle flies off Cinderella’s foot, and Stomp worries she’ll never see her sister again. And as a single shoe, her fate is surely the garbage can. What will Stomp do?

An intriguing new take on a classic tale, Cinderella’s Other Shoe by Philippa Rae is a really enjoyable read. The story is very well written and provides insight into things that shoes would notice but people might not. Readers will love the character of Stomp, and anyone who has had an unlucky time will be able to relate. The plot is exciting and expertly works modern things such as skateboards and trucks into the original tale, which adds a touch of humor. The pages of the book are visually appealing, with a touch of pink and purple, and some colored type, a factor that is sure to engage younger readers. The pictures in the book are well-drawn and colorful. There are both funny and exciting scenes and an excellent balance between the two. I loved the references to other fairy tales. I would definitely recommend this book.

Robin E. Williams

Cinderella’s Other Shoe by Philippa Rae takes the reader through the classic tale of Cinderella with a completely different perspective. This story is told by her shoes, specifically the more scuffed-up one, Stomp. Stomp tells the story of Cinderella’s stepmother and sisters bossing her around, how Stomp and Buckle, her sister shoe, have to watch where they step and where they sit. And when the Prince sends out an invitation to a party, the shoes are the first to predict the fate of Cinderella’s home-made dress. Stomp and Buckle watch as Cinderella cries and when a fairly nice pair of slippers comes into view, Stomp and Buckle are transformed to take Cinderella on a very magical night. But the fun all ends at the stroke of twelve… We know what Cinderella did when she lost her slipper, but what did the slipper do?

Cinderella’s Other Shoe by Philippa Rae is a fantastic spin on the classic fairytale. The cover is vibrant and appealing, eye-catching and interesting. At the beginning of the book, the reader is introduced to all the characters through very well-drawn illustrations. As this is a children’s book, the illustrations are a wonderful addition. As the title states, this story is about the soon-to-be-princess’s other shoe. It’s a unique perspective and a bold one to use. Philippa added just enough extra detailing so readers familiar with the original story would be guessing how the plot would run. And although shoes come in a pair, their personalities aren’t twins. Stomp and Buckle, the two sister shoes, had highly contrasted personalities and parts in the story, allowing the reader to connect to the character, even if it was a shoe.

The language used is simple enough for a child to form a picture in their mind without getting lost in the details or the continuation of the plot. The layout of the story, being broken into chapters, made it easy to have a pause to catch up if needed. The marketability of this story is bound to be good. With the cover being pleasing to the eye, the tale and perspective being bold, and the unique twist at the end, this book is probably going to be found somewhere on a yellow brick road making children (and adults) smile.