Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 customer ratings
(7 customer reviews)


When CinderSilly’s family runs out of money, she proves that chores can be fun, teasing can be managed, ideas are magical, and sometimes life is just what you make it. She is a resourceful girl who takes charge of her own destiny. Now that is a tale worth telling.

CinderSilly is the ‘anti Cinderella,’ perhaps the most important twisted fairytale ever.  This Cinderella is NEVER A VICTIM! She overcomes the bullying of her stepmother, teasing from stepsisters, hard chores, and doesn’t need to be a princess in order to live HAPPIER EVER AFTER.  CinderSilly doesn’t rely on magic to gain control of her circumstances.  She is a pro-active girl with a positive attitude, who proves that ‘life is what you make it.’

  • Hardcover: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Dramatic Adventures; First edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984735100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984735105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 11 x 11.5 inches

Are you wondering what the song sounds like in CinderSilly? Here it is. Sung by the author. We hope you love it!

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Where to buy

Here are just a few places you can buy CinderSilly in the Denver, CO area: The Denver Art Museum Gift Shop, The Children’s Museum Gift Shop, The Tattered Cover Bookstore, Talulah Jones Gift Store, The Bookies, Happy Canyon Flowers, Park Hill Bookstore, Moss Pink, Grand Rabbits Toy Shoppe in Boulder, CO. Ask for CinderSilly at your local book store or library.


CinderSilly is now available through Follett Library Resources, Baker & Taylor and the Barnes & Noble Bookstore catalog.
Contact your local representative for more details.

About the Creators:

Diana B. Thompson (Author)

Diana B. Thompson has over 30 years experience working with children on social and emotional intelligence through the dramatic arts.  She lives in Denver with her husband, daughter and lazy cat.  This is her first children’s book.
CinderSilly is from the Fairytales and Feelings series by Diana Thompson.  These imaginative stories have been available only through live classes until now. CinderSilly is the first in a series of books and videos to bring the program to you.

Jill Haller & Thom Buchanan (Illustrators)

Thom Buchanan and Jill Haller have created magical art for children in their illustration/design studio for 25 years. CinderSilly is the second children’s book that they have illustrated.
Between them, they have been Artist-in Residence, Director of Exhibits and Creative Director at The Children’s Museum of Denver,  Tribute Artist for the Denver International Film Festival,  president of an ad agency,  college design instructor, graphic designers/muralists for exhibits for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The US Forest Service, New Mexico State Parks,  and many other organizations. Their privately commissioned artwork is in private homes, offices and hotels throughout the United States and Europe.
Their favorite thing to do in the world is creating art for children.

Alice Becker (Lyricist)

Alice is the originator of Rhyme Follery, a unique style of musical storytelling.  She brings Dramatic Adventures training programs to schools and businesses throughout the South East.

Dr. Betty Brittain (Consultant)

Dr. Betty Brittain was a popular educator who spent her career working in the public school system. She served as a classroom teacher, librarian, counselor, assistant principal, Principal and a system wide curriculum coordinator After retiring, she kept her passion for education and for children alive through contributing to Dramatic Adventures, and fine works such as this.

7 reviews for CinderSilly

  1. Rated 5 out of 5, August 16, 2012

    “…CinderSilly is a great role model; she’s not afraid of hard work and relies upon herself to solve problems. She becomes discouraged, and she asks for help, both of which give her more dimension and will help girls to accept but not be defeated by their emotions, and to lean on others when they have exhausted their internal resources. The illustrations are adorable, the text will read-aloud very well, and the content is great and lends itself to discussion. Huzzah, Diana B. Thompson for this charming and inspirational book!”, August 16, 2012

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Henry Daily Herald, July 25, 2012

    “Brittain, a Stockbridge resident, has found a vibrant, colorful way to leave an imprint on children and families, reconnect with former students and work collaboratively with her daughter, Diana B. Thompson, a Colorado-based children’s book author whose Dramatic Adventures’ offering “CinderSilly,” is garnering a lot of attention not only among educators, childcare professionals and parents — but most importantly among children themselves.

    Thompson’s book, while entertaining to young readers, is intended to instill valuable lessons about self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and life-coping skills….perhaps CinderSilly is not just for children, after all.”
    -Henry Daily Herald, July 25, 2012

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    M. Snow

    “Fabulous book for young girls!…
    I absolutely LOVE this book and so does my daughter. It is a wonderful update on a traditional story. We are actually applying what we learned in this book to real life which is “make the best of the situation on your own!” Every little girl needs this book!!” – M. Snow

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    E. Hannarose

    “5.0 out of 5 stars reCREATING a much happier ending! :)…Fabulous book for all ages….. I love how courageous CinderSilly is.. to take chance and embrace her imagination she was able reCREATE her story for a much happier ending! Thank you!” – E. Hannarose

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Kimberly F. Shannon

    “Beautiful Story, Beautiful Illustrations…and an important message. ‘By turning work into play, you put more fun into your day.’ Girls, boys, and adults everywhere can learn from CinderSilly. She exudes, ‘I can do it!’ on every page.” – Kimberly F. Shannon

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Denver, CO)

    Breaking the princess stereotype!,
    CinderSilly finds playful ways to address the challenges she faces in life…the story views the problem from the child up, rather than the adult down, giving the reader a fresh perspective on a familiar story.” – Elizabeth (Denver, CO)

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    A Sladek (Chicago, IL United States)

    “Good for all kinds of kids, but especially those in love with the idea of princesses!
    Both my daughters have gone through a stage when they adore princesses (thanks, Disney). I love this book as a counter balance to the romance and happily ever after themes we normally see in other princess stories. Cindersilly uses her wits, creativity, and a sense of humor to face her troubles. I like the positive message of the book, the lovely illustrations, and the interwoven song.” – A Sladek (Chicago, IL United States)

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