Monday, September 14, 2015
By Deborah Underwood
Illustrated by Meg Hunt
Chronicle Books, 2015. Picture Book.
This retelling of Cinderella shows a confident girl who dreams of fixing rocket ships and spends her free time learning and practicing the trade. When the Prince’s Royal Space Parade arrives in town, Cinderella is stranded with a broken spaceship and with no tools. Along comes her fairy godrobot who gives her brand new tools to fix her spaceship—but they only work until midnight. At the parade, Cinderella repairs the Prince’s broken spaceship, thereby saving the days and is invited to his ball, but as the clock reads midnight, she flies away leaving behind her socket wrench. The Prince searches for the girl who is the mechanic and when she is discovered he asks her to be his bride. You’ll have to read the book to hear her response.
A great Cinderella retelling in rhyming text about an independent girl who works out her own problems and doesn’t wait around for someone to make her dreams come true. Hunt’s use of pink in her illustrations actually shows strong character and not a dainty princess feel that pink has become associated with over the years.