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Rocket the Brave!
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Rocket the Brave!
by Tad Hills
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Kids are learning to read with Rocket! Tad Hills, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, is back with another easy-to-read story featuring the beloved dog Rocket, this time about overcoming fear and being brave.
Rocket, the star of the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, returns in an all-new, easy-to-read book. Rocket is happily chasing a butterfly through the meadow when it disappears into the woods. As much as Rocket wants to follow the butterfly, the woods look dark and scary. Can Rocket overcome his fear? With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves!
Kids are learning to read with Rocket! Tad Hills, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, is back with another easy-to-read story featuring the beloved dog Rocket, this time about overcoming fear and being brave.
Rocket, the star of the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, returns in an all-new, easy-to-read book. Rocket is happily chasing a butterfly through the meadow when it disappears into the woods. As much as Rocket wants to follow the butterfly, the woods look dark and scary. Can Rocket overcome his fear? With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, young readers will love this new Rocket book, which they can read all by themselves!
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About the Author-
  • Tad Hills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Rocket and Duck & Goose series, including the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read; Rocket Writes a Story; R Is for Rocket; Duck & Goose; Duck, Duck, Goose; Duck & Goose Go to the Beach; and Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! He also created various board books in these series, including Rocket's Mighty Words; Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin; the ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites; Duck & Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny!; and several Step Into Reading titles, including Drop It, Rocket! and Rocket's 100th Day of School.

    The Boston Globe declared Hills's work "charming, funny, simple, and surprising" and dubbed him "a master of the light comic touch."

    Tad lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, two children, and his real-life dog, Rocket, who has not yet learned to read.

    Visit Tad online at tadhills.com, and follow him on Twitter at @tadhills.
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  • Kirkus

    Starred review from May 15, 2018
    Into the woods....Hills' canine picture-book protagonist, Rocket, learned how to read in his first book and now stars in an early reader designed for kids learning to read, too. The story opens when Rocket is charmed by a pink butterfly that lands on his nose, and he follows it from spread to spread until it "flies into the forest." In contrast with prior spreads that featured ample white, open space, the ensuing illustrations of the forest are dark and saturated. A full-bleed double-page spread shows Rocket small and low at the bottom of the verso with the forest before him: "The forest is very dark. The trees are very tall. Rocket does not want to go into the forest." After some hemming and hawing, Rocket's desire to find the butterfly overpowers his fear of the forest, and he walks among the tall trees, looking at pine cones, ferns, and, finally, the butterfly. Necessary redundancy between art and text befits the early-reader form and allows children to find cues in the art to support decoding of the controlled text, but Hills' deep experience as a picture-book artist enriches his attention to framing, pacing, and layout. The result is an exemplary early reader in words and images, with a happy ending, to boot.Rock on, Rocket! (Early reader. 5-7)

    COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2018

    PreS-Gr 1-In his latest story, Rocket the dog discovers a butterfly, and he and his new friend chase and play tag until the butterfly heads into a dark forest. Rocket is hesitant to follow, but screws up his courage and makes his way in. He finds that he likes the tall trees, the lush plants, and, of course, his friend butterfly. This is a slight story with the right ingredients for new readers-repetition, short sentences, and plenty of picture clues. While Hills's illustrations initially leave plenty of white space, when Rocket arrives at the forest the dark illustrations take over the page, heightening the "creep" factor and making Rocket's choice to follow the butterfly that much more poignant. VERDICT Readers who have enjoyed Rocket's adventures in his longer picture books and are eager to read on their own will be happy to find this story. A terrific easy reader for most libraries.-Mary Kuehner, Arapahoe Library District, CO

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review "...an exemplary early reader in words and images, with a happy ending, to boot."
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