Friday, April 10, 2015

ReadItDaddy's Book of the Week - Week Ending 10th April 2015 - "Rosie Revere - Engineer" by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts (Chronicle Children's Books)


Rosie Revere, Engineer

Written by Andrea Beaty

Illustrated by David Roberts

Published by Chronicle Children's Books

We have heard so many great things about this book, and have seen just about every book blogger on the planet explode with sheer joy at the very mention of "Rosie Revere - Engineer" by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, that we thought it was about bloomin' time we grabbed ourselves a copy and dived in headfirst.

We love Andrea Beaty's "Doctor Ted" for its outrageous and chaotic comedy, and we adore David Roberts' artwork from his reworked fairy tales to his awesome Dunderheads. So would we love this book as much as everyone else?

We do, you see Charlotte often visits work with mummy - and mummy works for a very busy engineering department for a huge University. Though the people mummy works with are probably more suited to Andrea and David's other divine book along similar lines, "Iggy Peck - Architect" (Which we also picked up and will be reviewing at a later date), the girls who come to study Engineering at mummy's work would absolutely love Rosie.

One of the many gorgeous spreads in "Rosie Revere - Engineer" celebrating the awesome women who took to the skies in the early pioneering days of flight.

Charlotte is fascinated by machinery and finding out how things work, and young Rosie is the same. She can turn a worthless pile of junk into a marvellous mechanical contraption. She can draw up a diagram of an astonishing invention to work around a problem. But Rosie's inventor life hasn't always been easy. After a rather cruel rebuttal at the hands of a daft old zookeeper, Rosie's confidence takes a knock but when she meets her inspirational Great Aunt Rose, has she finally found someone to encourage and understand her inventiveness?

Rosie sets out to impress her Great Aunt with a super-duper flying machine but the path to greatness doesn't always run smoothly, and even Rosie's wonderful great-auntie finds her contraptions more of a giggle than groundbreaking.

Is this the final straw to make Rosie throw in the towel?

A pile of junk is ripe for inventive minds!

You'll have to read the rest of this wonderful story to find out whether Rosie's resolve and determination win the day. This is a truly impressive and empowering book that will make your heart soar with inspiration. Andrea's rhymes might bend the rules in places but this is a rollicking read as your spirits lift and dive with each of Rosie's triumphs and setbacks.

A truly wonderful book creation, engineered to the highest quality!

Charlotte's best bit: Rosie's determined chin - not a million miles away from a certain other little girl's!

Daddy's Favourite bit: Utterly spellbinding and brilliant, the perfect book for little girls and boys who'd much rather turn a pile of lego into their next great creation than slob out in front of the TV or the tablet. Rosie ROCKS!

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