The Rocket Book

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"When Fritz,
the Janitor's bad kid,
Went snooping in the basement,
He found a rock snugly hid
Beneath the window casement.

He struck a match with one fell swoop;
Then, ...

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The Rocket Book

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Overview

"When Fritz,
the Janitor's bad kid,
Went snooping in the basement,
He found a rock snugly hid
Beneath the window casement.

He struck a match with one fell swoop;
Then, on the concrete kneeling,
he lit the rocket and—she—oop!
It shot up through the ceiling."

Long before Richard Scarry or Dr. Seuss, an American artist delighted a generation of children and their parents with hilarious, topsy-turvy illustrations and slightly subversive tales told in rhyme. This was illustrator/author Peter Newell.

Originally published in 1912, The Rocket Book remains as profoundly enjoyable and incredibly popular as ever. This classic work will delight readers of all ages with the story of how a rocket launched from the basement floor of an apartment building and how it interrupts the day.

Peter Newell (1862-1924) began his career as an artist drawing portraits, using crayons as his medium. In his fantastic humor, many believe, is the first appearance of the gentle humor of the absurd which The New Yorker has subsequently developed to such a high level.

The upward progress of a rocket, lit in the basement by the janitor's son, causes some strange situations as it passes through twenty floors of apartments.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804805056
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/28/1989
  • Series: Peter Newell Children's Books Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 52
  • Sales rank: 1,136,459
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Newell (1862 –1924) began his career painting portraits, using crayons as a medium, before turning to children's book. Besides his own books, Newell illustrated Mark Twain's Innocents Abroad and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. He is the author of the Tuttle Classics The Hole Book, The Slant Book, and The Rocket Book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Best version yet!

    My grandmother had this book when I was growing up it was one of our favorites growing up. Sadly that version was lost or maybe it just fell apart because me and my sibling as well as cousins all loved it. I am glad it is still in print so I get to share it with my kids. This 100th edition also has some new pictures in it of each floor before the rocket hits which my kids love. Highly recommend this version!! It's kid approved :)

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