Cindy Ellen--A Wild Western Cinderella ... by Susan Lowell

Book Summary...
Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin' fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince....
You may think you've heard the story before-but you'll get a side-splittin' bellyache after you're through with this hilarious rendition told Wild West-style!

365 Cinderellas -- a blog which explores the world-wide Cinderella story and strives to promote a love of reading, especially fairy tales
post #61 (Saturday, March 11, 2011) is about Cindy Ellen

Figurative language in Cindy Ellen:
.NOTE: *The pages in the book are not numbered, but to make it easier to find specific examples in the text, I've numbered the pages beginning with the full-page illustration after the dedication page (as p.1).
SIMILE: a comparison using 'like' or 'as'
Cindy Ellen was still as pretty as a peach. (p.3)
Cindy's stepsisters puffed up like two turkey gobblers. (p.5)
...suddenly she heard a noise outside, almost like gunfire...(p.8)
You're as down and dirty as a flop-eared hound dog. (p.8)
Those spurs were set with diamonds as big as sugar lumps! (p.9)
...Cindy stuck to the saddle like a poswtage stamp. (p.16)
...dressed up like a sore thumb (p.18)
It looked like a cross between a comet and a dust storm. (p.19)
It sounded like silver bells mixed with dynamite. (p.19)
...a dress that shone like the sun, the moon, and all the stars together. (p.22)
...petticoats as soft and puffy as summer clouds. (p.22)
Let's shake out hoofs like lightning...(p.24)
...her boot split open, and her toes popped out like puppies from a basket... (p.29)
METAPHOR: a comparison that states that one thing is something else
She was meaner than a rattlesnake. (p.2*)
...his new wife wore the pants in the family. (p.3)
Hit the trail, honey! (p.9)
Then she bit the dust. (p.13)
...she was eating gravel just like her sister (p.13) ??maybe not an 'idiom...just an 'expression'??
...a real rip-snorter (p.16)
He rode herd on Cindy Ellen...(p.16)
And that ol' Joe Prince is eating his heart out! (p.18)
...riding shotgun...(p.19)
...pretty is as pretty does...(p.22)
She hightailed it out of there lickety-split! (p.26)
Meanwhile back at the ranch (p.28)
Hold your fire! (p.34)
ONOMATOPOEIA: naming a thing or an action by imitating the sound associated with it
Bang Bang! (p.8)
Bing Bing! (p.8)
Bing! Ping! (p.9)
Zing! (p.9)
Z-Z-Zingo! (p.19)
Whingo! Whango! Ka-Zing! (p.34)