June 3, 2018


Personally, I am terrified by the very idea of going into space, but if galactic travel is as beautiful and fun as it seems in Tiny Little Rocket by Richard Collingridge, I might have to change my stance.

Tiny Little Rocket offers readers the chance to climb aboard a space ship and zip through space, seeing—and almost touching—planets and stars along the way. It's almost as if every word lifts right off the pages of the book and embeds themselves in the illustrations: each piece of metal gleams, each star has flare, and the depiction of nebulae is absolutely incredible (not to mention what things look like when we jump into hyper space). The pilot continually remains obscured so that there is no gender or age assigned to them, and readers can't help but feel like they are sitting right there in the cockpit, too. The sense of scale in the book is made all the more incredible by the illustrations themselves, which bleed in every direction, chock-full of bright colors with no end in sight (like space!). Of course, the best part has to be the giant gatefold at the end, which serves as both an artistic choice on one wide with "Happy Birthday World," and a teachable moment on the other with all of the planets lined up in a row. This is a book that needs be seen and held to fully appreciate all the careful detailing that went into it.

Tiny Little Rocket publishes July 31 from Scholastic.

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