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Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Last week I confessed my weakness for fairy tales and shared a review for the book Cinderella and the Incredible Techno-slippers.  You can scroll down to read that review and also to see what I reviewed earlier in the month.  This week I'm reviewing Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt.  I mentioned it in the last week's blog.

This sci-fi twist on the Cinderella fairy tale is set in outer space where Cinderella is a brainy gal who fixes space ships while her stepmother and stepsisters jet off to the prince's space ship parade taking Cinderella's tool box with them and leaving her stranded at home.  Fortunately Cinderella's fairy godrobot shows up to save the day and get Cinderella to the space parade where she arrives just in time to save the prince's bacon when his space ship breaks down (you know, because the royal space ship mechanic quit and all).  Unfortunately, before the prince can get Cinderella's name she has to jet back home by midnight, and in her haste she leaves behind her special socket wrench that the prince later uses to track her down.  While the prince wants to marry Cinderella, she just wants the currently vacant royal space ship mechanic position because it's her dream job (and she's too young to marry anyway!).  So Cinderella gets the job, the prince gets a new royal mechanic, and they live happily ever after.

The thing I liked best about this Cinderella version is that it is told in rhyming prose and is accompanied by colorful, dark, deep space illustrations.

Some random thoughts:

--Cinderella is one resourceful problem solver.

--What happened to Cinderella's dad?  Where is he?  No mention is made of him in the story.

--I love that it is the prince's space ship that Cinderella likes best and not necessarily the prince himself.

--Stepsisters be shallow, and all they want is to marry the prince.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie


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