Romeo and Lou Blast Off
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Romeo and Lou Blast Off

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by Derek Anderson
     
 

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Romeo the penguin and Lou the bear are what they call polar opposites.

But one snowy, blowy day they agree to build a pretend rocket ship made entirely out of snow.

Romeo rolled.

And Lou pushed.

Romeo patted.

And Lou smooshed.

Fasten your seat belts!

When a shooting star passes over the rocket ship, two best friends are carried

Overview

Romeo the penguin and Lou the bear are what they call polar opposites.

But one snowy, blowy day they agree to build a pretend rocket ship made entirely out of snow.

Romeo rolled.

And Lou pushed.

Romeo patted.

And Lou smooshed.

Fasten your seat belts!

When a shooting star passes over the rocket ship, two best friends are carried off to a strange new world. And the real question is: How will they ever get home?

Let your imagination blast off with celebrated storyteller Derek Anderson on an unforgettable winter's night journey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Hynes-Berry
Anderson's colorful illustrations certainly have factored into the success of the Little Quack books, and they are likely to play a role popularizing this story which Anderson has authored and illustrated, too. Certainly Anderson has a way of showing expression in the turn of a beak or mouth as friends Romeo the Penguin and Lou the Polar Bear are propelled by a snowship rocket from ice floes into an urban landscape. Children are likely to greatly enjoy knowing better than the two characters as they mistake signposts for strange trees and two construction workers for walruses. It doesn't take long for the two to begin looking for a way to return home. They are able to do so thanks to a rocketship they construct out of a cardboard box. This book very playfully celebrates imaginative play and deserves a place in home or classroom libraries. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2
Romeo the penguin and Lou the polar bear make a rocket ship out of snow. Then, as a shooting star goes by, it mysteriously and surprisingly takes off, eventually crash landing on "a weird new world" (readers will quickly identify the city setting). Assuming they are on another planet, the friends try to find a way home. During their search they encounter many familiar animals that aren't what they seem, including a penguin and polar bear (a man in a black suit walking a white dog), walruses (construction workers with mustaches), and fish (children in swimming gear). When a shark (a police officer) chases them onto a seagoing vessel, they take off in a new spaceship made of cardboard, and the two pals smile "all the way home." Anderson's acrylic paintings give life to the average-quality text. The big bold depictions of the characters have plenty of detail. Readers will easily see how Romeo and Lou mistake people for animals. Despite the lingering question (how did the first spaceship take off?), this fanciful adventure is a fun storytime choice.
—Catherine CallegariCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Animal pals go on a wild adventure. A clear winter's day is perfect for some snow building. Lou the polar bear and Romeo the penguin work so quickly that they don't realize they've made a rocket ship until they're finished. When the stars come out, the rocket blasts off, flying them to a "weird new world" (which looks suspiciously like a big city). They see a forest (of traffic signs), find another rocket ship (compact car), and get chased by a shark (policeman with sharp teeth). Crossing a rickety bridge (gangplank), they take refuge on a large ship and give in to despair, until . . . a stack of cardboard boxes provides the perfect raw material for another rocket. The duo zooms home, smiling all the way. Anderson's serviceable acrylics aren't a match for his clever tale, which will allow young listeners to proudly display their superior knowledge of what's what. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416937845
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
11/06/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

Derek Anderson is the bestselling artist and cocreator of the Little Quack series. He is also the talent behind Gladys Goes Out to Lunch and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at DerekAnderson.net.

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Romeo and Lou Blast Off 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my boys one night and found it to be quite humorous! I really enjoyed reading the book to my kids. My 7 year old liked the descriptions of the Walrus's ice fishing 'two big men with long mustaches using a jackhammer to dig a hole!'. The book is full of references like this. A great choice.