Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Cinderella Goes to the Potty by Justin Blaney and Benji Todd Litfuse Blog Tour

An Isfits book.

Isfits . . . postmodern fairy tales and cautionary confessions.

Cinderella scratched a new line on the wall every night when the clock struck twelve. For 999 nights, she'd sworn to herself that she wouldn't stay long enough to see 1000. Cinderella heard the old man and the old woman clunking up the stairs. The clock began to chime. Cinderella was out of time. She had a decision to make---the kind of decision that could change her life or take it from her.

What Is Isfits?

A cast of characters sampled from icons of adolescence, re-imagined.

A graphic novel, like you've never seen before.

This eBook is 1/6th the full length graphic novel. Read it in about 5 minutes. Enjoy for years.

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About the author: Justin Blaney is the author of the Amazon bestseller Evan Burl and the Falling which reached the #1 position in fantasy, teen and thriller categories. His latest project is "Isfits," a series of graphically illustrated postmodern fairytales and cautionary confessions for young adults. The stories follow the adventures of a cast of characters based on icons of adolescence placed in a darkly-humored world of blissful brokenness where they possess the power to affect cultural and personal change in the real world. Blaney is the founder of Innovate for Jesus (www.I4J.org) and Inkliss, a film production company. He lives outside Seattle with his wife and three daughters.

Learn more about Justin at: www.JustinBlaney.com
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My thoughts:  I received this book from Litfuse in return for an honest review.  I must admit that when I first read the title I thought it was going to be a humorous potty training book along the line of Once Upon a Potty, but it is not.  It actually has nothing to do with potty training.  My first time reading it through  had me wondering a but, but my second read through was much more satisfactory.
Cinderella is being held captive by an old man and an old woman who want to, wait for it, feed her to the potty.  The potty is a tree and it is hungry.  Cinderella, of course, does not want to be a meal for a potty tree so she does he best to elude the man and woman and get away from the castle where she is being held.
The illustrations are dark, but nuanced and the text varies in both font and direction, some pages have text both right side up and upside down, some pages it goes sideways, you have to look to see which way to read from page to page.  In the second read through I could see the similarities to other fairy tale characters such as Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzle.  I read this book to my children the second tiem through and they had some interesting observations.  They thought, as I  had the first tiem through, that it might be scary for a younger child to hear about a carnivorous potty, so we decided that it must have a target audience of older children.  
This book was a fun and unusual take on a fairy tale character.  I loved that Cinderella had to rely on herself instead of being saved by a prince, as well as how she used her own ideas and resourcefulness to work towards saving herself.   The illustrations were unusual in a pleasing way and I love how the text varied from page to page.  I would recommend this to tween and older readers as it might be too much for young children and would caution that it is not a potty training book for young children.

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