This wacky version of Cinderella is told with a maximum number of words beginning with the letter D. It begins,
“Dora, Doris, and Dinorella lived down in the sand dunes in a dinosaur den. Dora and Doris did nothing all day. They dumped debris around the den. They never did the dusting or the dishes. Dinoerlla was dainty and dependable. Dora and Doris were dreadful to Dinorella. All day they demanded…”
This almost becomes a tongue twister. It would be a good book for a teacher to reinforce the initial consonant D but otherwise this daunting device is decidedly deficient. However, the vocabulary is quiet difficult and the contrivance makes the story difficult to follow.
One plus for this version is that Dinorella saves the prince from a carnivore.
Instead of losing a glass slipper, Dinorella loses a diamond earring which the prince uses to find her.
The illustrations are bright and fun featuring a mix of dinosaur and modern living.
This book would be fun to read to children aged seven and up. You had better do some warm-up exercises first.