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“Isn’t there a castle to break into or a bad guy to find?” Zed. –The Stolen Slipper
The Stolen Slipper
Once Upon A Fairy Tale #2
by Anna Staniszewski
Prince Patrick’s only clue to finding the love of his life is the glass slipper she left behind. But the special shoe has been stolen! Without it, the prince will never see his true love again. Kara and Zed will have to help the prince find the glass slipper—and the woman it belongs to—before it’s too late.
Kara and her best friend Zed join together to solve the mystery of the missing shoe. Even though the story revolves around Cinderella, the majority of the story focuses on Kara and Zed solving the mystery. Kara and Zed are likable characters and Zed’s love of food and animals adds some humor to the story. Even though Kara helps her parents in the shoe shop, she still has enough time for sleuthing. Kara is kind, curious, and capable of using her powers of observation to solve the crime.
The Stolen Slipper is part of Scholastic Branches’ early chapter books, which have easy-to-read text and illustrations on every page. Readers will laugh at Zed’s hungry goat and the prince’s puppy. The book uses short descriptions and dialogue to keep the story moving at a fast pace. Black and white illustrations appear on every page and help break the text into manageable sections. The engaging pictures will help readers follow the plot. Even though The Stolen Slipper is part of a series, each book can be read as a stand-alone.
Fairy tale fans will enjoy the interplay between Kara and Zed as they try to solve the mystery. Even though the prince’s advisor, Barth, is a predictable villain, his niece doesn’t want to get in the way of the prince and his true love. The cute conclusion shows Cinderella and the prince together and also includes some cute animal scenes that will put a simile on readers’ faces. The fast-paced story includes a page of comprehension and critical thinking questions. Readers who are transitioning to chapter books will enjoy the fun adventure. Readers who want to meet another spunky female character should add the Princess Pulverizer Series by Nancy Krulik to their reading list.
Drugs and Alcohol
- Zed delivers messages; he has a magical bag that scrolls appear in.