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Interstellar Cinderella

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,113 ratings  ·  674 reviews
Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.

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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Chronicle Books
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Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
A feminist Cinderella in space! Cinderella is a pink-haired, freckle-faced little white girl.

Once upon a planetoid,
amid her tools and sprockets,
a girl named Cinderella dreamed
of fixing fancy rockets.

She fixed the robot dishwashers
and zoombrooms in her care,
but late each night she snuck away
to study ship repair.

When everyone is invited to the Prince's Royal Space Parade, Cinderella's wicked stepmother forbids her to
Panda Incognito
The illustrations are gorgeous and unique, the message of the story is positive, and it's original. What not to like? The rhymes in the story sometimes seem forced, but it's still a terrific book, and I greatly appreciate the following three things which are rare to find in girl power books.

1. The book takes for granted that it makes perfect sense for a young girl to be interested in fixing rockets, and wastes no time carrying on about inferior girls who don't like rockets or people who don't th
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another Cinderella story and what a story!

Who in the world would have imagined that Cinderella could live in a different planet, in space and still had the same problems caused by stepmother and stepsisters!

Brilliantly put and well written.
Pooja Bhoi
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Our modern Cinderella is in space who likes to fix everything! She is invited by the prince to the Gravity-free-ball! Can she make it?

Terrific ending!
Dave Schaafsma
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The whole family is reading all these Goodreads Children's Illustrated book nominees for 2015 and rating all of them. This is #20 of 20 for us!!!
We're done!

This was probably our second highest rated book overall, with three five star ratings. Only Princess and the Pony had more (five) five star ratings, which I voted for as best picture book of the year. But this was close, and I was the only one who didn't absolutely LOVE it quite as much as everyone else. But I did really, really like it a rea
Isa Lavinia
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

The cutest girl power book for children!
Cinderella loves to fix things, but her real dream is to fix fancy ships.
When the time comes for the Prince's Ball, as the story always goes, Cinderella is forbidden to attend. But with the help of her Fairy Godrobot, and the faithful company of her robotic mouse Murgatroyd, Cinderella saves the day and achieves her dreams!

Apr 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Skip by: Carmen
Shelves: childrens
Great concept (girl spaceship mechanic), the main character's spunky appearance is also excellent, the illustrations are very colorful and the rhymes are often charming, but occasionally forced. The problem is that the book is about ten pages too short, leaving aside depth of characters, how they interrelate, and the basic coherence of the story. Thank goodness we all know the underlying story.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Yes to cool chicks who like space, robots, and fixing things. Yes to rhyming text that flows smoothly and doesn't compromise interesting vocabulary. Yes to a twist on a classic fairy tale that has big pictures for a group share and isn't overly long. And yes to the just-right ending!
La Coccinelle
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
The comparisons to Marissa Meyer's Cinder are going to be inevitable... although, I have to say, I think I enjoyed this picture book more than I did the novel! Cinderella lives with her stepmother and stepsisters (who look vaguely Asian, which further reminded me of Meyer's book) on a planetoid where she acts as a household mechanic. Her best friend is a robot mouse named Murgatroyd. Despite her stepfamily's best attempts, she ends up going to the Royal Space Parade, where she ends up talking sh ...more
This was one of my Christmas presents from me boyfriend! Thanks dear!

I have been meaning to read this book for some time. Fairy Tale Retellings? Check! Awesome art? Check! Original/creative idea? Check! It had all the makings of being an epic picture book, and after reading it, I can definitely say that it is that and more. This Cinderella retelling is now my favourite of all that are out there.
This Cinderella kicks butt, knows how to fix stuff, isn’t afraid to learn new things, even if that mea
Katt Hansen
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This story made me sad.

OK, I get it. Girl power and all that. We don't need romance or to marry a prince, we just need a useful career where we make a difference and gain a feeling of fulfillment. This book is full of just that.

So somewhere romance died and we missed the funeral. I'm disturbed by the constant feminist agenda being shoved down the throats of children in the name of political correctness.

While this book delivers on the premise - the rhymes work, art is fun and colorful, the whol
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, scribd
Good sci-fi adaptation of Cinderella!
Ms. B
Jul 07, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, 2015
3.5 stars. This is definitely a book to recommend to anyone who is looking for Cinderella retellings.
It's a pink-haired Cinderella as a mechanic, on planetoids and in spaceships. She has a robot pet mouse and a fairy godrobot. She's always fixing stuff. What's not to like?

I found the 'Interstellar Cinderella' picture book to be more interesting and inventive (get it?) than the YA novel 'Cinder', which features a cyborg Cinderella who is also a mechanic.

'Interstellar Cinderella' is cute, colourful, fun, and full of good rhymes and bits and bobs on every page. The sci-fi, intergalactic twist on t
I keep hearing this book thrown around, uttered in the same breath as "feminist". This doesn't make any sense to me. This is just a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella in which the only difference is that Cinderella says she's too young for marriage, but will be his chief mechanic. (view spoiler) To me, that was her saying, we'll still be friends and when I get older, our relationship might lead to marriage, but I'm not ready for it right now. How exactly is ...more
Miss Susan
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
this is so cute

guys it's a story where cinderella fixes the prince's ship at the interstellar ball and when he asks to marry her says they're too young but she'll totally be his royal mechanic

it's so cute

4 stars
Girl power + space science = Interstellar Cinderella (a sci-fi masterpiece for all ages)
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, 2017
A lovely and quirky twist to the Cinderella story we know. I really appreciate the ending.
In this Sci-Fi version of the fairy tale, Cinderella is a spaceship mechanic and there's a socket wrench (a tool for repairs) instead of a glass slipper that'll assist the prince in identifying her, but it's a pretty straight retelling. I found it preachy, it makes it too obvious it's trying to indoctrinate through subverting classic elements that don't meet the same metaphorical points as the original tale's, and the artwork was bland and rather cartoony. Rather as if it were a dumbed-down summ ...more
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is quite possibly the best children's picture book I have ever read. I have completely fallen in love with Meg Hunt's artistry. Seriously, anything she illustrates I will read, no hesitation.
The story itself was so cute, and I loved the morals behind it...the ending was just too perfect. This book took me back to my childhood more than any picture book has before. I will hold on to this book not only for myself, but also in the hopes that I get to share it with a little one someday.
Whitney Hemsath
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So, if anyone is looking for a cute girl power children's book, I just read Interstellar Cinderella, and it was darling. Set in space, this rhyming version of the classic tale has Cinderella winning the prince over not with her looks but with her abilities as a mechanic. It was a fun read that even my boys enjoyed. ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytimes
Read for Second Grade Field Trips and the kids were hooked from the start. A few groans from the word Cinderella, but those were squashed with a simple, "yeah, but it's in space!" I think the teachers like this one too. ...more
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What a truly original (and feminist) take on Cinderella! That ending was divine!

"I'm far too young for marriage, but I'll be your chief mechanic!"

Cinderella, rock on with your bad self. I love the message of girl power in this futuristic version of a beloved fairy tale.
Baby Bookworm
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Hey there, everyone! Today’s book is an awesome girl-power twist on a classic children’s story: Interstellar Cinderella, written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Meg Hunt, a sci-fi spin on the Cinderella tale.

Cinderella dreams of one day being a ship’s mechanic. Every day, she toils for her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, fixing their robots around the house, but by night she reads ma
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Fractured Fairy-Tales
Fairy-tale meets space opera in this delightful picture-book, with rhyming text and colorful artwork combining with marvelous effect. In this telling, Cinderella is mechanically inclined, and dreams of repairing space ships. When her stepmother and sisters leave her behind on the day of the Prince's Royal Space Parade, Cinderella's fairy godrobot appears to save the day, providing her with the sonic socket wrench needed to repair her ship and get to the parade. Once there, she makes a big impres ...more
Rachel Chapman
I love this retelling of Cinderella! Cinderella and her mouse, Murgatroyd, live on a planetoid in space. Instead of sweeping the chimney, Interstellar Cinderella is a robot mechanic in a beautiful spacesuit who leaves her socket wrench behind at the Gravity-Free Ball. She refuses marriage ("I'm far too young for marriage" but agrees to "be your chief mechanic!" What a positive story for young girls and boys alike. The rhyming aspect and bright illustrations would make this an excellent read-alou ...more
Maxwell Rae
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this reimagining and the pictures were great.
Cheryl Meibos
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cleverly written with a steam punk flavor.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don't love that it rhymed, but the story was very cute! Fun illustrations and I loved the diversity.
Definitely something to use for summer reading!
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