Hardcover – May 5, 2015

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Once upon a planetoid,amid her tools and sprockets,a girl named Cinderella dreamedof 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 heroine, and its stellar happy ending.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—In this galactic retelling of the beloved children’s story, Cinderella has a knack for repair. With the help of her sidekick, a robotic mouse named Murgatroyd, she tinkers with her stepmother’s household appliances, but dreams of repairing spaceships. When a call for participation to the Prince’s Royal Space Parade arrives, the evil stepmother and her daughters leave Cinderella stranded, zooming into space with her toolbox. With the help of her fairy godrobot, Cinderella fixes a broken rocket and then dons a bejeweled atomic blue space suit, to race across the “starry sky” and sign up for the crowds at the parade. When the royal ship has engine trouble, Interstellar Cinderella comes to the rescue. The grateful prince whisks her away to the Gravity Free Ball. In the dark, Cinderella has to run away, but the couple is reunited when the prince searches the cosmos for her. In a modern twist, Cinderella rejects his marriage proposal, but concurs to change into his chief mechanic. The rhyming text is accompanied by moderately jumbled illustrations painted in shadowy browns, greens, and blues. Cinderella resembles a Disney princess with her wide eyes, red hair and made up our minds expression. The correctly themed endpapers showcase an array of her space-age tools and gadgets. VERDICT An interesting take on a classic fairy tale.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston, MA

Review

“A brilliant twist to the classic fairy tale that enables young readers to meet a brave heroine who can creatively solve problems, work with tools, and be herself.”–Geek Dad

“Underwood gives thisCinderella welcome agency and independence.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This retelling makes a speciality of what Cinderella can do, not what she can wear.”–Horn Book Magazine

“It’s the perfect antidote to fantasies of princely rescue.”–Chicago Tribune

“Does Cinderella in point of fact need another re-telling? Heck yes!”–Design Mom

“An interesting take on a classic fairy tale.”-School Library Journal

“A futuristic version of the Cinderella story starring a made up our minds and independent-minded protagonist. Highly recommended.”–A Mighty Girl

“A familiar folktale, but this time with a new, feminist, STEM-celebrating vocabulary and in witty rhyming text.’–Lilith Magazine

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Once upon a planetoid,amid her tools and sprockets,a girl named Cinderella dreamedof 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 heroine, and its stellar happy ending.