story by Deborah Hopkinson

“Wonderfully written,
comically snappy…. Zelinsky’s
witty, colorful, dynamic
illustrations… are masterful”

—Kirkus (starred review)

“Masterfully composed ....
a great choice for storytimes
and classroom reader’s theater activities”


“ Wondrously cartooned .…
Why just fracture a fairy tale
when one can infuse it with
new possibilities for self-determination? ”

—Publishers Weekly

Maybe you thought you knew the story of Cinderella. You knew she was kind and sweet and had terrible stepsisters. All right, but did you know she was an avid pumpkin farmer? And  that maybe she didn't want what her bossy Fairy Godmother wanted for her?

The poor mouse named Fred surely didn't want that!

Fred was given no choice about becoming a horse.

And Cinderella may not have had the best time at the prince's ball. 

After reading this free and funny interpretation by Deborah Hopkinson of the classic tale, you may have second thoughts about the whole transformation and the ball and everything. Because Cinderella certainly did!

This Cinderella chose not to go off with a prince. Love is love, and when two lady pumpkin farmers find each other, that can be a fairy tale ending!

Click here if you are in the USA and would like to order Cinderella and a Mouse Called Fred from an independent bookseller near you.

After I finished illustrating this book, I designed some repeating patterns, using parts of the pictures or the full spreads.

And they are now actually available for printing by the yard on fabric, along with my two or three other Cinderella patterns. What's more, they can be ordered made into various items like tea towels, table runners, even (for a price!) curtains and bedspreads! Here' a link to the website