October 9, 2013


Ellis lives on a farm with his two brothers, but he wants to be an inventor. He makes magical powders that help the crops grow, but still his brothers do not take him seriously.

The King of Biddle has a daughter whom he wants to marry off. So he creates a glass pyramid and puts her on top of it with three golden apples (and her cat/confidant). The knight who can fetch all three apples will win Marigold’s hand. Ellis uses his inventing ability to get up the side of the slippery mountain and retrieve all three apples.

The story is a retelling of Cinderella, obviously, but it is so different and unique. I loved it; it is probably my favorite of these short Levine books, and deserves 4.5 stars.

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