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Book Review: Rocket Boy By Katie Jennings & Joe Lillington

**We were gifted a copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**

It’s the Summer holidays and there’s no better way to keep the kids busy than with a story! I’m always looking for new books to share with my little man and recently the wonderful folks over at Little Tiger sent me a copy of Rocket Boy which was released this week. Being space mad I knew my little man would love this book and today I’m offering my full review of this brand new release.

About The Book

Did you know that the sky on Mars is red? Callum Grant does – and he knows a whole lot more about the solar system too.

But he doesn’t know what it would be like to see a Martian sunset with his own eyes. Until one day Callum sets off on an adventure unlike any other…


Callum dreams of being the youngest person in space and loves to bombard his Mum with space facts, but Mum is too busy building furniture to listen. But that doesn’t stop Callum striving to achieve his dream of being the first person to walk on Mars and there are plenty of things around his house that are ideal to help him build his rocket…….

Rocket Boy is a wonderfully written story that will spark the imagination of budding astronauts everywhere. It’s vividly colourful illustrations perfectly complement the story which is littered with heaps of space facts and figures to satisfy even the most inquisitive little minds.

The large font in this book makes it ideal for early readers to enjoy independently, whilst the detailed illustrations offer younger readers a more visual representation when reading together. My son loves space and really enjoyed all of the facts included in this story which sparked conversation and learning along the way.

The story of Callum’s home built rocket is so relateable to kids – who hasn’t used a cardboard and colouring pencils to make a space craft? – and we really enjoyed going along with him on his Mars adventure.

A special mention has to go to Oscar the cat who is the unexpected star of this story, especially when it comes to light that cats in space can talk! This is a great little story perfect for space fans and is a fantastic timeless addition to our bookshelf which I know will be chosen time and again.

About The Creators

Katie Jennings has worked in children’s publishing for many years, and is now Commissioning Editor at Striped Publishing. She lives in London.

Born in London and now based in Bristol, Joe Lillington graduated from University College Falmouth in 2014 and since leaving has had two titles published by Flying Eye Books, Toby and The Ice Giants and Neffy and the feathered dinosaurs.

Rocket Boy is available to purchase from Amazon*
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