by Nathan Bryon
illustrated by Dapo Adeola
"All I know is that one day I'm going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space traveller who has ever lived." Meet Rocket- a budding astronaut who is getting all of her prep in right now: catching exotic species, spaceship-building, reading up on the dustiness of meteors, victory dancing.... In a world where everyone is looking down- at their phones, their newspapers, the floor- Rocket is pitched firmly upwards. Can she get everyone to join her in looking up for the amazing Phoenix Meteor Shower? Will brother Jamal finally put his phone away?
Everything about this picture book soars: the ambition of its sparky protagonist, the nod to superstar Mae Jemison, the individuals who come together in a shared moment of outer-worldy wonder. The child-friendly illustrations resemble a near-edible spread of treats: Mum's daisy-patterned leggings, Rocket's gleaming orange astrosuit matched only by the kitten's, the child in pink tutu and lurid spotted green wellies, the dancing supermarket fruit. As for the hairstyles...! Mum has really excelled herself with Rocket's expert cornrow-puff combo. On every level this is a winner. (nb: single parent household) Boardbook 29pp, Age 4-7