Charming (enchanting seemed too punny, even for me)
This is a very cute Cinderella story. Unlike the original Cinderella story, this Ella doesn’t sit around wishing and hoping for things to happen. She stands up, jumps in, and takes charge of her life.
I think one of my favorite things about this book is how clueless Ella is that Char (the prince) has a crush on her. Char drops hint after hint after hint, but Ella retains her naivete until Char spells it out for her. It was refreshing to have a female character who doesn’t spend the entire book either chasing a boy or waiting for him to save her.
This is definitely a children’s book, so if you’re looking for great literature go elsewhere. But if you (or your kid) wants to whittle away an afternoon in an immense fairy tale this may be your book.