Interstellar Cinderella

22875394Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Raincoast Books
Publication Date: May 2015
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Fairytale Retelling, Feminism, Cinderella, Kindness


With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball–but when the prince’s ship has mechanical trouble, someone will have to zoom to the rescue! Readers will thank their lucky stars for this irrepressible fairy tale retelling, its independent heroine, and its stellar happy ending.


I wish you could see the stars in my eyes right now.

Because INTERSTELLER CINDERELLA is everything I hoped for and more: It is different and original, quirky and loveable, sweet and smart… and it is poetic!

The text actually… rhymes. And it is not as though the author chose random words to create this effect. The narration is harmonious and flows.

We all know the story of Cinderella, but we do not all know *this* Cinderella. Well, if you’ve read Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, or even simply the first book, you will see some resemblances with this picture book.

Cinderella wants to be a mechanic. She is not looking for a significant other or marriage, but to accomplish her dreams instead. She is not expressively resentful of the way her family treats her, but she finds ways of making herself happy despite the limitations put on her.

So I do dare say this: this is like an extremely simplified version of CINDER by Marissa Meyer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t unique regardless, especially when it comes to the illustrations and writing, which are detailed and atmospheric respectively. I felt completely spellbound by this *interstellar* world.

It is familiar, and yet, a pleasant surprise. I am so very happy a feminist fairytale such as this one exists for children. CINDERELLA was never my favourite fairytale, but it is hard not to be impressed with this feminist version of it. Five well-deserved stars!



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