Interstellar Cinderella written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt is one of the latest in recent girl power books. I like books with a unique heroine, but some of the latest batch of girl power books are either so poorly written they aren’t worth reviewing or they’re just plain anti-boy. I took a huge risk in purchasing this book, and I can happily say it was worth the risk.
Deborah Underwood has written and coauthored several books including our favorite series, Here Comes Cat. She has several books listed that I am not familiar with, and I can’t recommend all her books. Some of you may want to check them out from the library first before you purchase them.
Interstellar Cinderella takes a unique twist on an old classic story. Instead of a medieval kingdom, we find ourselves in space. Instead of a young woman, we have a young girl who is an ace mechanic. The prince is a young boy with a broken-down space ship, and instead of a fairy god mother we have a robotic mouse. You can’t float around in a pumpkin in space, so a spaceship is the way to go!
Instead of focusing on a romance (since the characters are so young), we focus on Cinderella doing what she loves, looking at space ships. The prince finds the girl of his dreams not with a shoe, but with a wrench! Such a cute way to write this story. In the end, the prince of course finds the girl and proposes marriage, but Cinderella turns him down. This is done not in a mean way, but she simply states that she is too young for marriage. They instead become friends, and Cinderella gets to work on his fleet of spaceships.
What I Liked:
Aliens, spaceships, robots, and space!
The story wasn’t preachy, critical, or boring. The author wasn’t trying to shove girl power in your face, but she clearly showed Cinderella as an independent girl who is a hard worker.
This book was well written, and though some criticized the rhyming in the book I thought the rhyming flowed well throughout the story. It is perfect for a toddler like my daughter.
What I Didn’t Like:
The illustrations were amazing, but orange and brown colors are very dominant in the pictures. I would have like to have seen more space colors such as blue, black, and silver for stars.
Would I Recommend Purchasing This Book:
Yes and no. If you are looking for a Disney like Cinderella story, then this isn’t the book for you to spend money on. If you enjoy unique twists to old stories and you would like to find a way to introduce your daughter to space this would be a cute way to do just that. If you don’t want to spend the money on the book, at least try it out at your local library.
Deborah Underwood’s Website: http://www.deborahunderwoodbooks.com/