Interstellar Cinderella

Book review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Cinderella is spunky, resourceful in fresh space tale.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Retelling of Cinderella story; exposes kids to names of various tools.

Positive Messages

Shows the value of being resourceful, autonomous, and hands-on and shows that a girl can be a mechanical engineer and fix a rocket ship. Also a message about staying in school rather than being in a rush to get married.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Interstellar Cinderella, by Deborah Underwood, reimagines Cinderella in space as a resourceful, hands-on fix-it gal who knows her way around a repair manual and a toolbox and isn't looking to get hitched anytime soon. It's great for girls who love tinkering and princesses and a provocative twist for girls who know the standard fairy tale version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byJamie B. April 3, 2018
Parent of an infant and 3-year-old Written bySurpriseGnome July 23, 2016

Great for girls obsessed with princesses

I found this book while browsing my local bookstore. My daughter, who is obsessed with princesses and tools, loves this book, though there are a few points whe... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old February 18, 2017


I ahve read this to my sister so many times that it is hard to keep track! She loves fairy tales and even though this is not a normal fairy tale it is just as e... Continue reading

What's the story?

Cinderella is off to the ball, but when she runs into the prince, he needs her help -- his spaceship is on fire. Good thing Cinderella spends her days fixing rockets and tinkering around. She helps the prince on his way, but he forgets to get her name or catch a glimpse of her face. Now he'll have to find the one princess in the land who knows how to use a socket wrench.

Is it any good?

INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA is a delightful reworking of Cinderella set in space, with the heroine powered-up with a few extra skills -- namely, the ability to repair a rocket ship at a moment's notice. Here, Cinderella is resourceful, autonomous, kind, and helpful. And, in a fun twist, she and the prince navigate a more modern arrangement for future romance.

With fun, spaced-out rhymes and space-age illustrations in gouache, brush and ink, graphite, and digital, it's an atomic-age take on an ancient fairy tale with all the autonomy and spirited adventure of today. Great for girls who like princesses and tinkering or for parents who want to introduce an alternative ending to the classic fairy tale.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cinderella's skills. How do you think she got so good at working with tools?  

  • How is this different from other Cinderella books? What's different about the ending? Do you like it? Why, or why not?


  • Why does the prince want to find Cinderella? What makes her different from her sisters or mom?

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Our editors recommend

For kids who love adventurous princesses and fairy tales

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