Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery | Stephanie Barden | Book Review

Are you a parent looking for an adorable book to gift your child for the holidays? Are you someone who is coming up short on their reading challenge goal and in desperate need of a quick filler read? Then you have come to the correct review, as Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden illustrated by Diane Goode is a very short, very adorable book aimed at elementary school children. Also? Cinderella Smith is quite feisty, y’all.

Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden | Good Books And Good Wine

Just a head’s up this review is going to be mad short, because you know I am not going to spend an hour typing about a book that took me less than sixty minutes to read. Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery pretty much opens with main character Cinderella (an average girl, not a fairy tale princess) going on a field trip with her class to the zoo. There, the students encounter endangered species and decide which one they want to do reports on. Cinderella decides to do a report on ocelots. Some of the other students in her class, including those awful Rosemary(s) decide to keep their animals top secret. Unfortunately, someone must not like Cinderella because when she goes to the library to take out books for research, the ones she was hoping to use are all missing.

Cinderella Smith is a fun protagonist. She’s got moxie. I mean, she is someone who is friends with both girls and boys. She’s smart and creative. She loves shoes, only she has this bizarre habit of always losing her shoes. I mean, you guys like every other chapter, Cinderella was losing a pair of shoes. How does that even happen? Excuse me, I am adulting. Anyways. I guess this book is compared to Junie B. Jones which I haven’t read, but well if you like that, you might like this.

Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden is apparently from the middle of the series, but I was able to follow along as someone with zero familiarity with the series, at least until this book showed up on my doorstep. I think an actual child would be able to do that as well. Honestly, if I had a daughter, I would totally get this book for her. It’s very cute, and Goode’s illustrations have a fun retro-flair to them. Heck, I would even recommend this book if I had a son. Alas, I have no children, but you should definitely check this one out for the kids in your life.

Disclosure: Review Copy Provided By Publisher

Other reviews of Cinderella Smith: The Super Secret Mystery by Stephanie Barden:

Story Snoops – “Spunky Cinderella is back for more fun

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. Oh this would be SOOOO popular at my library! I might have to request the children’s book orderer to get it for us.

    I haven’t read this book, and I probably won’t, but I do love children’s books. I am particularly fond of Ivy & Bean and Clementine. So cute.
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  2. The cover of this book does look pretty cute! I think it would be a good read for me to share with my little nieces, one of whom (my goddaughter) is starting to become a big bookworm like her aunt.
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