A few weeks ago I went to a bookshop I’ve never been to before and they had these most amazing displays of books. Within this amazing wall of books, all of which I need to just magically appear on my bookshelves, was Interstellar Cinderella. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood with illustrations by Meg Hunt copyright 2015 Chronicle Books.
As the mom of two small girls, I know how important it is to have lots of books around, but more so to have books that feature strong female characters. Characters that show gumption, ingenuity and curiosity about a myriad of topics. I love these books, they are treasures and books I want to surround my girls with – Interstellar Cinderella is just this type of book.
This book is a play on the traditional Cinderella, but with an updated twist, this Cinderella dreams of fixing rockets and her wicked stepsisters are going to The Prince’s Royal Space Parade and not a ball. Cinderella also has a lovely fairy godrobot that is illustrated to perfection. There are many similarities that will have you thinking about the traditional Cinderella, but the part that I love the absolute best is that it is this Cinderella can fix her own problems, she doesn’t need a prince to help her do it, and she knows what she wants. The ending is one that makes you want to applaud. Instead of the book ending with a marriage and a carriage, Interstellar Cinderella ends with her turning down a proposal and offering one of her own!
This book is perfect for everyone, however, if you have a daughter, niece or granddaughter this is a book you will want to add to their shelves. The illustrations are wonderful and the message is so needed. I hope that this author illustrator duo have something else in the works, because this book is perfection.
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