Interstellar Cinderella


In a galaxy and time far, far away, Cinderella dreams of fixing rockets.  With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella ends up going to the ball.  When the handsome prince’s rocket splutters and breaks down, she comes to the rescue, applies her astro-mechanical skills and gets the space craft going again.

In the tradition of the hallowed fairy tale, Cinderella then flees as midnight approaches.  This time however, she leaves behind her space wrench by accident.  The handsome Prince then searches the galaxy for the mysterious mechanic, with whom he has fallen in love.

This story is an entertaining re-boot of the fairy tale classic.  It features brilliant illustrations by Meg Hunt and Deborah Underwood’s playful, rhyming text.

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Interstellar Cinderella

Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt

(Chronicle Books)

Interstellar Cinderella is a fun and futuristic retelling of a well-known fairy tale.  In a galaxy and time far, far away, Cinderella lives in outer space and dreams of building rockets. However, her evil step-mother prevents her from attending the Royal Space Parade.  Luckily for Cinderella, her fairy godrobot is on hand to help.
As Cinderella jets off to the Gravity-Free Ball she swoons at the sight of the Prince’s spaceship. When it fails to start and starts spouting grit and smoke, she puts her mechanical skills to use and repairs it.  Aghast, she notices that midnight is approaching and makes a hasty exit.  In her panic, she leaves behind her sonic socket wrench.  The Prince then searches the galaxy for the girl who captured his heart while fixing his ship.
The story is told in funny and engaging rhyming verse, and the book is resplendent with bold illustrations.  This is a fresh, enjoyable re-working of a favourite and traditional fairy tale. Furthermore, the playful text provides robots, futuristic tools, sprockets and rockets and a plucky heroine.
For those wanting picture books featuring rhyming text, why not try Child of Galaxies and Elephant in My Kitchen.  Both are available in the Bookwagon on-line book store.
Check out this wonderful animated read-along by author Deborah Underwood here




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