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Friday, May 8, 2015

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt

Release Date - May 5, 2015

Deborah Underwood
Meg Hunt
Chronicle Kids

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

"Once upon a planetroid..." That's how this space-age tale of Interstellar Cinderella begins. It may start like any other fairy tale, but this story is far from ordinary.

Cinderella's goal in life is to fix rockets. When she's not repairing household items, she secretly studies rocket repair. Her stepmother and stepsisters, however, are not about to let her steal their thunder at the upcoming Prince's Royal Galaxy Parade. They scoff and tell her when she fixes the broken rocket ship, she can use it to fly to the parade. They then take off with her toolbox, leaving Cinderella certain there's no hope. Murgatroyd the Mouse has other ideas. Will the mouse's idea work?

Following along the same theme as Cinderella, Interstellar Cinderella takes a new look at the classic theme. This independent young woman knows what she wants from life, and she's going to make it happen, that is if she can outwit her evil family.

The illustrations are whimsical and the themes of women being good at their jobs, even if it is a job traditionally thought of for men, was delightful. This is an empowering book that all little girls need on their shelves.

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