What happens when Cinderella goes high tech? Interstellar Cinderella, of course! In Deborah Underwood’s delightful new book, Cinderella loves fixing rocket engines, assisted by her robotic mouse Murgatroyd. Though her stepmother tries to keep her from the Royal Space Parade, you know that won’t stop her. Cinderella fixes the prince’s broken rocket and attends the Gravity Free Ball—after which he has to track her down using her sonic socket wrench!
Interstellar Cinderella is fun, featuring a heroine with good sense and mechanical skills. It would make a fine addition to a study of various versions of the Cinderella story, but it is also a good example of flexible thinking on its own. Think about a conversation in which children imagine other versions of Cinderella. How might a story of Undersea Cinderella go? Pioneer Cinderella? Artic Cinderella? Interstellar Cinderella could spark new stories at school, or around the dinner table. I hope you have fun with her. If you invent new stories, we’d love to hear about them.