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 heroine, and its stellar happy ending.
Rhyming text accompanies this brightly colored Cinderella riff for the modern girl. This version set in space updates some aspects of the classic story modern readers may find incongruous (the prince not being able to recognize Cinderella by just looking at her, a shoe fitting only one person, etc.) and ends on a note independent women will adore: “I’m far too young for marriage, but I’ll be your chief mechanic”.
Meg Hunt is the illustrator of Interstellar Cinderella and a printmaker, educator, and all-around maker of things. She was also the recipient of the 2015 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Award for her contribution to the Illustrators 58 exhibition. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
To Mike, who turns stars into constellations