Winning Year: 2003
Illustrator: Shirley Hughes
Title: Ella's Big Chance

Original Publisher: The Bodley Head
Current Publisher: Red Fox (paperback) and Bodley Head (hardback)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0099433095
In Print

Mr Cinders runs a dress shop and people come from far and wide to buy his beautiful clothes. His wife has died, leaving him 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.

1920's Cinderella


Shirley Hughes was born and grew up in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She studied at Liverpool Art School and at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator. At first she worked as an interpretive illustrator, but she began to write and design her own picture books when her children were very young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom's Day, was published in 1960.

Now living in London's Notting Hill, Shirley Hughes has illustrated over two hundred children's books and is renowned as a champion of children's literature.


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In this 1920's version of Cinderella,Shirley Hughes combines pen line and bright gouache colour in beautiful and detailed illustations which contrast the homely lives of Ella and Buttons with the glittering world of expensive costumes and ornate balls inhabited by Ella's step-family.

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