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A Literary Leaf for Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad


KS: Lower KS2

Year Group: Year 4

Literary Theme: Finding Freedom

Author(s): Joseph Coelho

Overview and Outcomes:

This is a 15-session Literary Leaf for Zombierella: Fairytales Gone Bad by Joseph Coelho. Children begin by exploring the prologue before going on to define words in context in order to examine the effect this has on the overall text. There are opportunities for the children to develop skills in summarising and making comparisons within the text, with a particular emphasis on how a character can change over the course of a narrative. The leaf includes key questions and activities to support comprehension.


A yellow moon hangs in a satin sky the night Cinderella, barefoot and in hand-me-downs, slips at the top of the stairs … and dies. But not for long. The Shadow of Death arrives to breathe life back into her bones and, for three nights only, Cinderella goes forth as ZOMBIERELLA. With her skin as cold as ice and her faithful horse Lumpkin back by her side, can she seek revenge on her three cruel, fake sisters, once and for all? 

Crawl out of the grave and step into your mushroom carriage for this haunting and humorous adventure of the undead girl searching for her happily ever after.


Zombies, Cinderella, fairytales

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