Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Rosie Revere, Engineer By Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts

When children are small, they have no qualms exclaiming what kind of superhero they’ll be when they grow up. But as they grow up, sometimes these dreams get lost in their constant discovery of how the world works. Andrea Beaty illustrates this journey beautifully in her rhyming book, Rosie Revere, Engineer. As a toddler, Rosie is busy making all sorts of gadgets to improve the lives of her loved ones, like a hat to keep snakes away for her uncle, Zookeeper Fred. She doesn’t understand why everyone laughs at the cheese that squirts out of her masterpieces. So, Rosie retreats and keeps her dreams to herself. 

One day Rosie gets a visit from her Great-Great- Aunt Rose, who worked building airplanes when she was younger. Rosie gets inspired to make Rose a flying machine and after much work is dismayed as it flies and falls back to the ground. Great-Great Aunt Rose helps Rosie to see that failures might happen, but the greatest failure is in giving up.

If your little explorer enjoys Rosie's story you may also like the adventures of Iggy Peck, Architect

Reviewed by Heather, Youth Librarian at the TCC/City Joint-Use Library

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