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Rocket the Brave!
Contributor(s): Hills, Tad
ISBN: 1524773468     ISBN-13: 9781524773465
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
    OUR PRICE: $11.70  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: July 2018
Annotation: Rocket the dog has fun chasing a butterfly up a hill and around a pond, but he does not want to follow it into the scary forest.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Courage; Fiction.
Butterflies; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
- Juvenile Fiction | Nature & The Natural World
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017022882
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Rocket
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 6.50" W x 0.50" (0.50 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Tad Hills is the #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the Rocket and Duck & Goose series, including the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read; Rocket Writes a Story; R Is for Rocket; Duck & Goose; Duck, Duck, Goose; Duck & Goose Go to the Beach; and Duck & Goose, Honk! Quack! Boo! He also created various board books in these series, including Rocket’s Mighty Words; Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin; the ALA-ALSC Notable Children’s Book What’s Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites; Duck & Goose: Here Comes the Easter Bunny!; and several Step Into Reading titles, including Drop It, Rocket! and Rocket’s 100th Day of School.
The Boston Globe declared Hills’s work “charming, funny, simple, and surprising” and dubbed him “a master of the light comic touch.”
Tad lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, two children, and his real-life dog, Rocket, who has not yet learned to read.
Visit Tad online at, and follow him on Twitter at @tadhills.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-Gr 1—In his latest story, Rocket the dog discovers a butterfly, and he and his new friend chase and play tag until the butterfly heads into a dark forest. Rocket is hesitant to follow, but screws up his courage and makes his way in. He finds that he likes the tall trees, the lush plants, and, of course, his friend butterfly. This is a slight story with the right ingredients for new readers—repetition, short sentences, and plenty of picture clues. While Hills's illustrations initially leave plenty of white space, when Rocket arrives at the forest the dark illustrations take over the page, heightening the "creep" factor and making Rocket's choice to follow the butterfly that much more poignant. VERDICT Readers who have enjoyed Rocket's adventures in his longer picture books and are eager to read on their own will be happy to find this story. A terrific easy reader for most libraries.—Mary Kuehner, Arapahoe Library District, CO

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