Cinderella's Sister and the Big Bad Wolf

Lorraine Carey, illustrated by Migy Blanco
AUD $22.99

Think you know the story of Cinderella? Think again. This laugh-out-loud picture book turns the traditional tale TOTALLY upside down!

Nothing is what it seems in this hilarious story where nothing is what it seems. For example, did you know that there were three ugly sisters? And how about this - Cinderella wasn't actually very nice? And, far from being a mean-mouthed little madam, the youngest sister, Gertie, was the kindest person you could ever hope to meet?

This sidesplitting spin on a favourite fairy tale is full of wit and wonder, and the first book from an exciting new author and illustrator team.

Author bio:

Lorraine Carey was brought up in the Dorset countryside, a six mile cycle from the sea. Lorraine spent her early years digging for fairies in the back garden, and hoping upon hope that she'd wake up on Christmas morning to find a horse behind the settee. Her proudest moment was to wear a satin tutu, with ruffs, on a float in the town carnival, and she's been hoping they'll ask her to do it again ever since. Lorraine now lives in London with her son Kassius, their cat Merlin, and an amazingly invincible fish named Bob. Whenever she can, Lorraine is back off down to the seaside for a paddle, even in the winter when it's rough.

Migy (pronounced 'Miggy') was born in Salford, England, Migy went to university in London, and then spent 10 years working in advertising and editorial illustration. After marrying, he moved to Buenos Aires. There, surrounded by the vibrancy and colour of South America, he developed a children's book style that is bold, magical and eye-catching. Migy recently moved back to the UK and, for the first time in his life, he is living outside of a mega-city, enjoying nature and exploring new inspiration. To find out more about Migy, you can visit his website:

Category: Picture books
ISBN: 9780857633132
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Imprint: Nosy Crow
Pub Date: April 2015
Page Extent: 32
Format: Hard Cover
Age: 3 - 6
Subject: Picture books

Teachers Reviews

Once upon a time (although quite recently in this version), Cinderella lived with her stepmother Mrs Ugly and her three stepsisters. But this isn’t a traditional or even a flipped story about Cinderella. It’s about the youngest Ugly sister, Gertie. Unlike her mother and sisters who lived up to their name, Gertie was kind and gentle and very hard-working. While Cinderella lazed around and did nothing, Gertie did all the chores of the original story.

Gertie’s niceness was the cause of great shame and despair in the Ugly family and so she was hidden away not allowed to go anywhere with them. So when an invitation comes to attend the Grand Ball, there is no question of Gertie going – unless she can prove that she can be bad and mean. But to be bad and mean will take lessons so she is sent to the Wicked Queen who is on her way to deliver a poisoned apple to Snow White. Unable to help herself, just as Snow White is about to accept the apple, Gertie warns her that it is poisoned. The Wicked Queen is furious and immediately sends Gertie home to her very angry mother. Gertie’s pleas for a second chance see her protecting Hansel and Gretel from the Wicked Witch and again, sent home in disgrace. It is not until she meets the Big Bad Wolf who is determined to eat Little Red Riding Hood that her chances of going to the ball improve.

This is a hilarious twist on a range of familiar fairy tales with a most delicious ending. The bright, trendy illustrations bring it into the 21st century and into the world of today’s young reader. They will delight in revisiting characters they’ve already met and seeing a whole new side of the Cinderella they know and love.

Apart from being fun to read for its own sake, this would be an ideal story to use as part of an investigation into perspective because not only is the story told from a different character’s point of view, bringing it into modern times offers a range of new possibilities too. Thus it will have a broader appeal than just the very young who are fairy tale fans.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian, NSW