Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Ella by Alex T. Smith

I won this book in a twitter competition by Scholastic - aren't I lucky! 

This is a beautiful, heartwarming re-telling of, you've guessed it, Cinderella, starring Ella the bespectacled ladybird.  When  Pierre the painting spider decides to throw a Grand Bug Ball to help inspire his work, poor Ella is only allowed to come along to carry the bags for her spoilt step sisters.

Well, I'm sure you can guess what happens, but what you won't know until you read this gorgeoulicious book is that the illustrations are totally awesome!  There is a lot of pink in this book.  A. Lot.  Which is fine by me.  Even boys like pink these days, you know.  

So thank you Scholastic for sending it through.  You scored a bit hit with me.

Activities and Discussion
Just as Ella is desparing that she'll never go to the ball, a mystery visitor leaves a beautiful ball gown and a pair of glittery glasses for her to wear.  Can you design some super sparkly specs to help Ella stand out at the Grand Bug Ball?  Download this fab colouring sheet to help you! 

How many other versions of Cinderella can you find?  Which is your favourite?

Other Fab books by Alex T. Smith
  • Egg
  • Catch Us if You Can Can
  • The Claude Series (young fiction)
  • My Mum has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister and Alex T. Smith

Links
Check out Alex's Blog for loads of sketches and sneaky peeks of his new books and pictures of his dogs.

Have a look at some of the pages inside Ella at the Scholastic Kids' Book Club

Follow Alex on twitter: @Alex_T_Smith


Ella is published by Scholastic

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