"A joyful thing to behold. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge."
—Booklist, starred review
"An important, positive conservation message, and a perfect nonfiction addition to preschool story time or a beginning informational picture book collection." - SLJ, starred review
We've had so many incredibly touching moments and exuberant responses to Deborah Underwood's INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA. It really seems to have hit a chord, especially on sites like A Mighty Girl and Amy Poehler's Smart Girls. Happily, people are really into subverting old messages about what girls can do and what they should expect!
You likely won't be surprised, then, when I tell you that a companion book is now underway! Melissa Manlove at Chronicle has scooped up READING BEAUTY and again brought in illustrator Meg Hunt. This time Sleeping Beauty's spindle and pricked finger are replaced by books and paper cuts, but Beauty and her faithful dog, Prince (who "truly loves everyone"), are determined to break the curse and bring books back to the kingdom again. READING BEAUTY will have a futuristic setting to match INTERSTELLAR CINDERELLA. Melissa also signed a second book in this deal.