My rainy day rocket ship

by Sheppard, Markette,

Format: Print Book 2020
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Summary
Rainy summer days are no match for a little astronaut who builds the perfect rocket ship for an indoor space adventure to another galaxy, where the sky is his only limit!

A stormy afternoon and an order from Mom to stay inside are no match for this little dreamer, who uses everyday household items--a rocket chair, a cardboard box, an old dish rag, and a super-duper imagination--to whip up a trip around the universe he won't soon forget.

My Rainy Day Rocket Ship is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the imagination of Black boys who use their beautiful minds to transform the mundane into the extraordinary, dream out loud, and boldly go where their sky is the only limit.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A simply told tale for the youngest astronauts, this follows an unnamed child of African descent as he chases away bad-weather boredom by constructing a homemade spaceship to travel to another galaxy. The overtly simple, rhyming text guides the reader through this endeavor as he repurposes household items with the help of his mother, father, and ingenuity. The bold and brightly colored illustrations by Palmer (Mama Africa!, 2017) are the true stars here--the acrylic on watercolor-paper renderings of the boy's imaginings perfectly blend with the depictions of his everyday surroundings. The broad paint strokes manage to convey a definitive sense of place, from the living room to Dad's workshop. Palmer's art communicates emotion, too, as the concentration on the boy's face while he cobbles together his spacecraft using a box and miscellaneous socks is easily discernible. While faltering rhymes will make this story a bit harder to share out loud with younger readers, the gorgeous artwork should hold their interest until the story ends."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Bright, full-bleed paintings by Palmer (I Can Write the World) power this tale by Sheppard (What Is Light?) about low-tech play. Bold strokes portray a black child gazing out the window, hand absentmindedly on the head of his comedic sidekick, a small pug. Loosely rhyming verse explains the book's dilemma: rainy weather, inside play, nothing to do, then a light bulb and growing excitement: "Today I'll make something/ really tough--// Like a whole new world/ in a different place--/a galaxy off in/ outer space!" A rocking chair and a cardboard box, tools from Dad (who, with his well-equipped workshop, offers thoughtful help), swimming trunks and goggles for a spacesuit, and a dish towel for a flag all make a promising rocket trip: "These will surely/ serve me well./ On this mission,/ I cannot fail." The child's parents show up for the big launch. Loose, chiming lines supply the framework for Palmer's dynamic brushwork, which creates mass and motion while also lingering, on a more contemplative note, on the light that falls over the child's face. Sheppard's emphasis is on making--and on making do with what's at hand--creative play that is nurtured by supportive parents (and one amusing, licking dog). Ages 4--8. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Space ships -- Juvenile fiction.
Imagination -- Juvenile fiction.
African American boys -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Space ships -- Fiction.
Imagination -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2020
Edition First edition.
Contributors Palmer, Charly, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8, Grades Pre-3.
Language English
Notes "A Denene Millner Book."
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 9781534461772
1534461779
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