Where Is the Rocket?

Where Is the Rocket?

by Harriet Ziefert, Barroux
     
 

A little orange rocket with one little passenger inside takes off across the pages of this fulsomely unique book, exploring spatial relationships, opposites, and words related to distance, placement, and comparison.

See the rocket soar up to the left and down to the right. “What’s on your left? What’s on your right?” asks the text. Watch

Overview

A little orange rocket with one little passenger inside takes off across the pages of this fulsomely unique book, exploring spatial relationships, opposites, and words related to distance, placement, and comparison.

See the rocket soar up to the left and down to the right. “What’s on your left? What’s on your right?” asks the text. Watch the rocket fly over the head and under the snout of a grinning alligator and across a spinning planet in the middle of the book.

“Where to next?” Turn the page, turn the page!

A voyage of imagination, as well as a clever expression of language arts, Where Is the Rocket? invites readers along for a soaring ride.

The celebrated creative team of author Harriet Ziefert and artist Barroux has been lauded for their “hand in glove,” “complementary” duet of prose and pictures in such books as My Dog Thinks I’m a Genius, Bunny’s Lessons, and It’s Time to Say Goodnight.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A mobile inspires a child’s dream of flying in a rocket.

Vibrant cover art depicts a child peering through a round window. The same child is then shown tucked into bed beneath a mobile with stars, planets and a rocket with round windows; attentive readers will recognize this decoration from front endpapers. Ensuing pages show the child traveling through space in the rocket and eventually zipping around an earthly environment, too. Meanwhile, Ziefert’s text invites speculation by posing questions like “Where are we going?” and “Are we there yet?” This participatory approach is heightened when pictures use the book’s physicality to elucidate text—for example, “up…and on the left” is accompanied by a picture of the rocket moving upward. The text then employs direct address to ask, “What’s on your left?” Ultimately, dreamscapes recede to reiterate the image of the child in bed and the rocket dangling from the mobile. A concluding page of text resounds, “HERE!” heralding the return and then shifts to a closing interrogative stance, inviting readers to respond to questions like “What’s to your right? What’s to your left?” There’s an inverted echo of Goodnight Moon here, with the text resisting naming things in its realm and instead asking child readers to name things in theirs.

An appealing goodnight book, though all those questions might suggest an earlier bedtime in order to accommodate them all. (Picture book. 2-4)" —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Ilene S. Goldman
A rocket takes off in a child’s imagination, inspired perhaps by the mobile dangling overhead as she and her stuffed bunny dream. The book begins as a veritable flight of fancy. Barroux’s delightful hand-cut engravings, painted in acrylics, create a charming atmosphere for this bedtime journey. As the orange rocket shoots through the night sky, questions appear. The answers always entail a preposition. Something about the language in this book, however, falls flat. It is not poetic or musical, and it does not cohere into a story. Since every picture book has prepositions, and many authors—from Dr. Seuss to Sandra Boynton—play with language in a way that is both fun and educational, Ziefert has a lot of competition in this arena. For the youngest children, Helen Oxbury’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt might be a better choice; and for older children, Ruth Heller’s Behind the Mask breaks the concepts down nicely. Ziefert and Barroux have collaborated on many delightful books and usually their storytelling works. This time around, it feels like Ziefert tried too hard to teach rather than letting the lessons come naturally. Reviewer: Ilene S. Goldman; Ages 2 to 5.
Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-10
A mobile inspires a child’s dream of flying in a rocket.Vibrant cover art depicts a child peering through a round window. The same child is then shown tucked into bed beneath a mobile with stars, planets and a rocket with round windows; attentive readers will recognize this decoration from front endpapers. Ensuing pages show the child traveling through space in the rocket and eventually zipping around an earthly environment, too. Meanwhile, Ziefert’s text invites speculation by posing questions like “Where are we going?” and “Are we there yet?” This participatory approach is heightened when pictures use the book’s physicality to elucidate text—for example, “up…and on the left” is accompanied by a picture of the rocket moving upward. The text then employs direct address to ask, “What’s on your left?” Ultimately, dreamscapes recede to reiterate the image of the child in bed and the rocket dangling from the mobile. A concluding page of textresounds, “HERE!” heralding the return and then shifts to a closing interrogative stance, inviting readers to respond to questions like “What’s to your right? What’s to your left?” There’s an inverted echo of Goodnight Moon here, with the text resisting naming things in its realm and instead asking child readers to name things in theirs.An appealing goodnight book, though all those questions might suggest an earlier bedtime in order to accommodate them all. (Picture book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609053406
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
08/19/2014
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
BR (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author


Harriet Ziefert: For over a decade Harriet Ziefert has had a yen to create a book about spatial relationships for younger children. The artwork for Where Is the Rocket? was created for slightly different content. So, this book had its own journey from this to that to the inspired partnership of words and image that is Where Is the Rocket?--and is an apt reflection of the creativity and working process of its visionary collaborators.

Barroux: Barroux has voyaged to Blue Apple's New Jersey office to stay for a week and kickstart future books in collaboration with the Publisher, Harriet Ziefert. You will always find wit, originality, a sophisticated color palette, and plenty of surprises in whatever Barroux creates. He studied photography, art, sculpture, and architecture at the famed École Estienne and École Boule, then worked as an art director in Paris and Montreal. He eventually returned to Paris and now creates his art in a fantastical studio in an abandoned building he shares with other artists.

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