Interstellar Cinderella

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.

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Welcome, Autumn!

It's the first day of fall! Autumn and Winter are my favorite seasons. I am a sweater weather kinda gal. I have a working camera again, and tomorrow, there will be a post about an awesome book I want to share with you. But today, let's celebrate the season with some favorite fall-themed illustrations from children's literature, okay?

from Autumn Harvest by Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin.
Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co, 1951.

from Flower Fairies of the Autumn by Cicely Mary Barker.
First published in 1926.
Current edition, Warne, 2008.
from Brambly Hedge: Autumn Story by Jill Barklem.
Philomel, 1980.

from Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf.
Schwartz & Wade, 2013. 

from A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry, illustrated by Marc Simont.
Harper Brothers, 1956.

from Around the Year by Elsa Beskow.
First published in Sweden, 1931.
Currently, Floris Books, 1988.

from A Child's Garden of Verses (A Little Golden Book) by Robert Louis Stevenson,
illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. Simon & Schuster / Golden, 1957.

from Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Matt Phelan.
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2010.

from Frog and Toad All Year (an I Can Read book) by Arnold Lobel.
Harper & Row, 1976.

from Hardscrabble Harvest by Dahlov Ipcar.
Originally, Doubleday, 1976.
Currently, Islandport Press, 2009.

from I Am A Bunny (A Golden Sturdy Book) by Ole Risom,
illustrated by Richard Scarry. Golden Press, 1963.

from The Story of the Root Children by Sybille von Olfers.
First published in Germany, 1906.
Currently, Floris Books, 1990.

from The Year at Maple Hill Farm by Alice & Martin Provensen.
Atheneum, 1978.

from Toot and Puddle: The New Friend by Holly Hobbie.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2004.

from Wildwood by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis.
Balzer + Bray, 2011.
from Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie., illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
Originally published by Hodder & Stoughton, 1906.
(public domain)

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