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Cinderella Penguin

Or, The Little Glass Flipper

illustrated by Janet Perlman

by (author) Perlman

Kids Can Press
Initial publish date
Jun 1992
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 1992
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2


Poor Cinderella Penguin. Her stepmother and stepsisters are off to the Penguin Prince's ball, and she's all alone and very sad. That is, until the Great Fairy Penguin grants her greatest wish. Cinderella Penguin is going to the ball! Based on the award-winning NFB animated film, this is a Cinderella story for the 21st century.

About the authors

Janet Perlman lives in Montreal and is a writer and illustrator of funny children’s books and a director of funny animated films. Her work has received international acclaim, including an Oscar® nomination and many festival grand prizes.As a child Janet wanted to be a geologist or a stewardess. Her first job consisted of putting scented plastic roses into plastic bags. None of this portended a career in books and film, but as an art student, she found her passion for telling stories through her drawings. Janet now works in her home studio, where she creates most of her artwork in the computer. The Emperor Penguin’s New Clothes is one of a trilogy of penguinized retellings of fairy tales, which include Cinderella Penguin, and The Penguin and the Pea. Two of her books are based on animated films she made at the National Film Board of Canada: Cinderella Penguin (The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin) and The Delicious Bug (Dinner For Two).

Janet Perlman's profile page

Perlman's profile page


  • Short-listed, Colorado Children’s Book Award, International Reading Association
  • Short-listed, Kansas State Reading Circle
  • Unknown, Children’s Choices , Children’s Book Council and the International Reading Association

Editorial Reviews

Having taken the delightfully ridiculous decision to make Cinderella a penguin, Janet Perlman writes the familiar story with a straight face, and is always consistent. It’s the illustrations that make this book hilarious.

It’s the funny, full-color illustrations that really make the book a success: penguins cinching corsets, “Lady and the Penguin” tapestries on the palace wall, the Prince and Cinderella dancing a tango. These wide-eyed characters are full of personality. An amusing variant with a silly premise that works throughout the book.

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