Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson
In this Cinderella tale, we follow the fate of Cinderella and her neighbor, who wears comfortable penny loafers to the ball. One falls for the prince; the other, his goofy, tender-hearted brother. The contrast makes for lots of fun and jokes that kids will enjoy.
A review from School Library Journal states:
"This clever, double story follows the fates of two young women. Readers know Cinderella, who works all day, sits in the cinders, and needs her fairy godmother to get the ball moving. But Cinder Edna next door has used her spare time to learn 16 different ways to make tuna casserole and to play the accordion. She earns money by cleaning out parrot cages and mowing lawns, and can she tell jokes.
When the dance is announced, she dons the dress she bought on layaway, takes the bus to the ball, and wears loafers for dancing. She wins the attention of Prince Randolph's younger but dorky brother, Rupert, who loves to dance and tell jokes, and runs the palace recycling plant. Both women dash off at the stroke of midnight. The two princes' plans for finding the owners of the lost glass slipper and the beat-up loafer are a hilarious contrast. Ella ends up, of course, with the vain, boorish Randolph. Edna moves into a solar-heated cottage, caring for orphaned kittens and playing duets with her husband Rupert.
O'Malley's full-page, full-color illustrations are exuberant and funny. Ella is suitably bubble-headed and self-absorbed while Edna is plain, practical, and bound to enjoy life. Kids will love this version of the familiar story for its humor and vibrant artwork."
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.]