Rocket Town

Rocket Town

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by Bob Logan
     
 

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The story follows an astronaut and his canine companion as they drive an old pickup through Rocket Town, passing all manner of space craft like a taxi rocket, a police rocket, a school bus rocket, and even a rocket that looks like a shark.

Each colorful spread is bursting with an eye-dazzling array of rockets from big to small, fast to slow, practical to

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The story follows an astronaut and his canine companion as they drive an old pickup through Rocket Town, passing all manner of space craft like a taxi rocket, a police rocket, a school bus rocket, and even a rocket that looks like a shark.

Each colorful spread is bursting with an eye-dazzling array of rockets from big to small, fast to slow, practical to extremely silly. Our intrepid astronaut and his dog then get into their favorite rocket (a pickup truck-shaped rocket of course!), and the final count down and blast off is sure to thrill young readers.

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"All the elements of a classic picture book, right down to its 'Can-we-read-it-again?' potential." -YABooksCentral.com

"Almost as good as a short animated feature."
-Publishers Weekly

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Originally self-published by the author in 2007, Logan's story, set in a futuristic-meets-retro world, follows a man and his dog as they drive a yellow pickup truck through Rocket Town, where they encounter rockets of all kinds, which are used to demonstrate antonyms. Commuters travel in a "big rocket," and a baby rides in a small toy rocket; families watch "rockets go up" in a park, while another group comes back down with help from parachutes. Minimal text keeps the focus on Logan's '50s-era vision of the future, where waitresses on hover-skates deliver burgers and shakes, and school buses, ice cream trucks, and even sharks get rocket makeovers. Readers ought to have a blast. Ages 1–up. (Apr.)
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"What if rockets dominated an entire town and every other mode of transportation were converted into a spaceship version of its former self? That is the premise of this richly illustrated offering... In this graphical feast for the eyes, filled with dark concentrated colors and abundant geometric shapes...the protagonist makes his own purchase, leading to the inevitable "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...BLAST OFF!" Reminiscent of Donald Crews's vehicle books (HarperCollins), this board book will appeal to young transportation buffs." —Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT

"Logan has an original animation style that definitely captures the attention of all ages... Rocket Town is going to be a favorite at our house for quite awhile, and I'd definitely recommend it for other toddlers who want to blast off for some fun." - Two Kids and a Coupon

" Rocket Town by Bob Logan is one of their favorites and they know all of the words by heart. The illustrations are "out of this world" with all sorts of different rockets including a police rocket, an ice cream rocket, and my kids favorite, the stinky onion rocket. Some are slow, some are fast, some are big and some are small but all of the rockets in Rocket Town are fun and interesting to my kids." - Mommies With Cents

"With Jetsonian flair, this journey to futuristic Rocket Town sends opposites pairings right out of this world... This retro cityscape provides some stunning scenes to explore..." - Kirkus

School Library Journal
PreS-K—What if rockets dominated an entire town and every other mode of transportation were converted into a spaceship version of its former self? That is the premise of this richly illustrated offering. With helmet in hand and accompanied by his dog, a man drives his pickup truck from a rural setting to a place where fast-food joints, school buses, unicycles, and fire trucks have all turned into rocket ships, alongside an array of other ships whose origins are less apparent, like Chopper, Guzzler, and the green Stinky Onion. In this graphical feast for the eyes, filled with dark concentrated colors and abundant geometric shapes, Logan does not so much tell a story as state that each invention is either big, small, fast, slow, or moving up or down. At Rocket Ray's Pre-Owned Rockets, the protagonist makes his own purchase, leading to the inevitable "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...BLAST OFF!" Reminiscent of Donald Crews's vehicle books (HarperCollins), this board book will appeal to young transportation buffs.—Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT
Kirkus Reviews

With Jetsonian flair, this journey to futuristic Rocket Town sends opposites pairings right out of this world.

A lone gentleman putters his car into the city, accompanied by his ear-waggling dog. He travels past an impressive assortment of rockets with every classification imaginable. The darkening range of colors—rustic reds to somber lavender grays—indicate their specified purposes. Signage includes "Just Married," "the Guzzler" and "Phil's Tow Service" to build the visual narrative. Clear language highlights interconnected, antithetical relationships with the crisp turn of the page ("These rockets go fast! / These rockets go slow"). There's quite a lot of whimsy in the rockets (among the rockets that are not "useful" is one called "The Stinky Onion"). Typographic nuances build excitement until the man's whopping purchase sends him spiraling into the skies. His simple declaration sums up his experience: "This one is mine." Tightly woven phrases suit this smaller format, though the bustling backdrop would soar even higher with more room to stretch its wings.

This retro cityscape providessome stunning scenes to explore, though its graphic busyness suits it to older toddlers and preschoolers. (Board book. 2-4)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402241864
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
627,829
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
AD140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 4 Years

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