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Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes are here!

When I was in middle school, at recess girls still played jump rope games, and these involved rhymes like this one:

Cinderella, dressed in yella
Went downstairs to kiss her fella
By mistake she kissed a snake
How many doctors did it take?
One, Two, Three, Four...

Some time ago, cucumberseed started riffing on this rhyme on his LJ. Lots of other people joined in. Soon we had a collection of bizarre, macabre rhymes for Cinderella. They seemed too good not to share with a wider audience. .... Enter publisher extraordinaire Erzebet Yellowboy of Papaveria Press and the magnificent artist Adam Oelhers, and the result is

Cinderella Jump Rope Rhymes

The booklet is being offered for sale through Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, and The Book Depository. Proceeds will be used to support Cabinet des Fées and charities of its choice (the link on the booklet's title lists the charities).

If you like the artwork, check out my interview with Adam, here. He is an amazing artist: Here, for instance, is Cinderella fighting off robots with her blast attack:

Come one, come all! Enjoy the creepy fun!


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Mar. 12th, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time coming, but it's *such* an excellent little book. Adam is an amazing artist.
Mar. 12th, 2012 02:33 pm (UTC)
I'm sure I've seen more of Oehlers's illustration work, but I can't figure out where....
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
His "Dear Little Emmie" ran in New Fairy Tales, if you read that.
Mar. 12th, 2012 12:49 pm (UTC)
That robot picture is amazing.
Mar. 12th, 2012 12:52 pm (UTC)
I *love* Adam's art. Click on the interview link and you'll see more.
Mar. 12th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
cool project, art, and interview. just cool all around.
Mar. 12th, 2012 01:13 pm (UTC)
So glad you liked it. It was so much fun, from the very beginning, and it's something that couldn't have happened without the Internet. Erzebet was in England for most of this and now lives in France. The contributors are all over the United States. Adam is originally from Australia and now is (I think...) in England. Living in the future, man!
Mar. 12th, 2012 03:51 pm (UTC)
Come one, come all! Enjoy the creepy fun!

I am so looking forward to the rest of the illustrations.
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
He's got a great style--very Rackham/Froud-esque.
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
He's got a great style--very Rackham/Froud-esque.

Watch me complain about either of those things!

[Would help if I could spell, though.]

Edited at 2012-03-12 04:04 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
That artwork is stunning. If I ever get attacked by robots, I want Cinderella on my side!

And that rhyme was in use at least until the nineties: I remember skipping rope (well, mainly failing to skip rope...) to it when I was in elementary school.
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad kids still do jump rope games--or did at least through your childhood.

Did you ever do "Dumb-dumb Dodo?" (Way to encourage bullying, jump rope rhyme! Sheesh!) It was one where you need two people to be twirling the long rope. The first jumper jumps in and says "Dumb-dumb Dodo is [name]!" and then that person has to chase the first, weaving figures of eight around the rope twirlers and jumping through the middle each time. (Here's a more elaborate version, with a rhyme.)
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Other kids may have played it, but that sounds way beyond my jumping expertise. I feel like there was at least one other jumping rhyme we used, but it's evading me right now: it knows I've grown up and want to pin it down.
Mar. 12th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
It is now in my cart along with Claire's Jack O'the Hills. I have one more title I'm waiting to find out about, then they are MINE!

Thanks, love! And when next I see you, will you sign it for me?
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:05 pm (UTC)
You bet!
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
(and thanks for your support ♥)

Edited at 2012-03-12 05:07 pm (UTC)
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
You deserve the credit for conencting the dots and making this happen. The book looks like a lot of fun, and I will get it. I wish the artist had illustrated the middle-grade book I am reading now -- The Graveyard Book. I am enjoying everything about that book but the art.
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
I had encouragement from sovay (the very awesome poet Sonya Taaffe), and Erzebet is a wonderful person to work with--really inspiring.

I bet Adam would have **loved** to do the art on The Graveyard Book!
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
(And thank you for getting it! I think you will really enjoy it)
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
This is fantastic!
Mar. 12th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D
Mar. 12th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, that is gorgeous!
Mar. 12th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you think so! I think it turned out excellently.
Mar. 12th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Very cool.
Mar. 12th, 2012 11:22 pm (UTC)
^_^ We all had fun--and now it's a little book that can be fun for other people.
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