Title: Interstellar Cinderella
Written by: Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by: Meg Hunt
Published by: Chronicle Books LLC, 2015
Themes/Topics: retelling fairytales, Cinderella, outer space, rhyme
Suitable for ages: 4-8
Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.
This space Cinders doesn’t sweep and sew but she has the galactic skills to mend pretty much anything mechanical and in her free moments studies ship repair. The classes step family of their best to prevent Cinders attending the Prince’s Royal Space Parade but her fairy godrobot saves the show with a new set of tools and an atomic space suit. Her snazzy new socket wrench proves the perfect tool to mend the Prince’s ailing space ship.
Well the next is
hisherstory, except the twist at the end puts this space Cinderella straight onto the Mighty Girls list, in my book.
Why I like This Book:
This retelling of the classic fairytale is narrated in rhyming stanzas that scan perfectly and race at stellar pace across these galactic pages. Who can resist a cosmic mechanic AND a robot mouse called Murgatroyd?! My favorite verse is:
but the space rope held her tight,
til Murgatroyd’s robotic teeth
cut through it with one bite.
The outer space setting combined with the practical nerdy heroine and tecnho wordplay make this a very pleasurable read-aloud for listener and reader. Note: when I am eager to reread the book straight away that is a sure sign of a winner for me! I can’t fault a picture book author who manages to use the word sprocket in their text. Brava, Deborah Underwood!
The details in the illustrations are also sublime. I personally loved the end papers with all their tools like a plasma pump and cosmicaliper!
I think this setting is so awesome, I would challenge older children to retell other fairytales using the outer space theme.
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