Review: Rocket Boy

Published by Little Tiger
Published on 6th August 2020
Written by Kate Jennings and Illustrated by Joe Lillington

Rocket Boy is a stunning hardback book with full colour illustrations that I have no doubt will fuel the imaginations of its young readers.  Just be ready for the request for a cardboard box – a large one!

Did you know that shooting stars are actually meteorites, and that Martian sunsets are blue? 

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/Texas A&M Univ.

I know someone who can answer these questions and many others! Callum Grant is fascinated by space and knows lots of space facts which he is very keen to share, so when his Mum gets a delivery, she gives him the giant cardboard box to play with so that she is not distracted whilst building her new furniture.

What is the best use for a huge cardboard box? Why, if you want to be an astronaut, it makes a perfect rocket! A rocket that can take you into space for an out-of-this-world adventure … Callum finds himself blasting off towards Mars with Oscar, his cat, who adds a lot of humour to both the narrative and illustrations.

The full colour illustrations are absolutely perfect:  full of imaginative detail, vibrancy and humour. I really liked the range of layouts used including elements of graphic novels, range of font sizes, different coloured backgrounds and partial and full-page illustrations. 

This is a fantastic story, celebrating the power of the imagination, which will teach some spectacular space facts.

Thank you to Charlie and Little Tiger for an early copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

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