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Monday, September 14
Written by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt
My rating: ★★★
Date of publication: May 5, 2015
Age: 4 - 7 years
Genre: Science Fiction
Themes: fractured fairy tale, space ships, mechanics, gender roles
With a little help from her fairy godrobot, Cinderella is going to the ball—but when the prince's ship has mechanical trouble, Cinderella knows just how to help. The prince is smitten! But Cinderella has to run—how will the prince find her again?
This is a rather awesome twist on the original tale. It's not just about dancing the night away, but has a heroine that is strong and independent. So, the star character was great, but the rhyming scheme for the story was lacking. There were random hops and skips in the story (letting the illustrations or the reader's knowledge of Cinderella fill in the gaps) and some of the rhymes felt forced. Overall, not my favorite.
The illustrations were very fun, though—big and bold and with lots of color. In some cases, it can be a tad too much, but it fits the nontraditional nature of the book. It's definitely one to keep on your radar as another fun fractured fairy tale, but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out to recommend. Try it out if you want.
Find it at your library or on Amazon