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Ella's Big Chance

Written by Shirley Hughes

Ella's Big Chance Synopsis

Mr Cinders was a dressmaker and ran a shop in town. After his wife died, he was left to bring up their daughter, Ella, on his own. They lived happily until Mr Cinders married again. Poor Ella was treated horribly by her stepmother and two bullying stepsisters, but found solace in her friend, Buttons. Then one day, everyone except Ella is invited to a grand ball given by the Duchess of Arc for her handsome son. But on this very special evening there is more than a little magic in the air . . . This outstanding re-telling of Cinderella is set in the 1920s and the paintings feature Shirley's own costume designs, inspired by the great French couturiers of the period.

Ella's Big Chance Press Reviews

The pictures are glamourous, romantic and atmospheric . . . but the twists in the story are among the reasons why this book is so satisfying . . . This is a truly happy ending * The Sunday Times * Hughes continues to grant our wishes by bringing stories to life with her mastery of text and joy of illustration -- Lesley Agnew * The Bookseller * Hughes' warm colours capture the magic of the period and the story will captivate readers * The Good Book Guide * This stylish book is joyously illustrated . . . The costume designs are original and inspired by the great French couturiers. The delightful, surprising finale will satisfy all romantics * Carousel * Shirley Hughes will win the hearts of body-conscious girls with Ella's Big Chance -- Geraldine Brennan * TES *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099433095
Publication date: 7th April 2005
Author: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 48 pages

About Shirley Hughes

Shirley was born in West Kirby, near Liverpool, and studied fashion and dress design at Liverpool Art School, before continuing her studies at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford. She then embarked on a career as a freelance illustrator in London, where she still lives today. She illustrated other writers' work, including Noel Streatfeild, Alison Uttley, Ian Seraillier, Margaret Mahy and notably Dorothy Edwards's My Naughty Little Sister series. Shirley began to write and draw her own picture books when her children were young. Her first book - Lucy and Tom's Day - was published in 1960, ...

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