|Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt.|
Chronicle Books, 2015.
This book has been on my radar for a while now, but the library took a while in getting it. I am so excited to finally have it in my hands! In fact, the girls haven't had a chance to read it yet.
I love this book.
Interstellar Cinderella, as you may have guessed, is a fractured fairy tale version of "Cinderella," set "Once upon a planetoid." In this case, Cinderella slaves away fixing robot dishwashers and zoombrooms, but dreams of fixing fancy rocket ships. One day, an invitation arrives for the prince's Royal Space Parade.
Cinderella's stepmother says, "I wish that you could come, my dear. Alas, no room! Although... why don't you fix that broken ship and fly it to the show?" Then the stepmother and stepsisters fly off with Cinderella's toolbox. Never fear - Cinderella's fairy godrobot comes to her rescue. She gives her new tools, a space suit and jewels, and a gem to power her ship (until midnight, of course). Cinderella fixes the ship with her special socket wrench, and heads to the parade.
The prince, however, is having ship issues of his own.
Cinderella fixes his ship with her socket wrench, and he invites her to the Gravity-Free Ball.
As in the classic fairy tale, Cinderella loses track of the time. When midnight rolls around, she takes off, leaving her socket wrench behind.
The prince scouts the universe for the girl who can fix his spaceship.
Cinderella is locked away, but neither the stepsisters nor their mother can wield the wrench and fix the ship.
I'm sure you can guess what happens next.
There is an awesome twist, though.
There is so much to love here. Meg Hunt's illustrations are fabulous, with funny aliens, cool gadgets, and great use of color, and Deborah Underwood's rhyming text is playful and funny. Definitely worth the wait.