Small Fry Saturday: Rosie Revere, Engineer

Posted 28 December, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Small Fry Saturday: Rosie Revere, EngineerRosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Published by Harry N. Abrams on September 3rd 2013
Genres: General, Humorous Stories, Science & Technology
Pages: 32

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal—to fly—Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. From the powerhouse author-illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your passion.

Inspired by The Well-Read Redhead
Reviews of books for children, tolerated by adults.
I love this book. Let me repeat. I love this book and I loathe picture books. 

This is a book about the glory of failures, the importance of trying, and the necessity of believing in yourself. Rosie revels in inventing, building, and engineering, there’s not a princess in sight. The writing has the lilt and flow of a Dr. Seuss book. The illustrations are beautifully done and capture the spirit of the characters perfectly. 

Rosie is a great book for girls probably from 2-6, The Girl loves it and we’ve already had to read it several times a day since she received it on Christmas Eve. Emotions of frustration of failure are turned to the triumph of failure in a way that children can relate to. There’s enough silliness in the book (all of the inventions seem to involve cheese) to appeal to children, but not enough to make it intolerable to humbug adults like me. 

Great-great Aunt Rose teaches Rosie a fine lesson when her cheese-copter crashes after hovering for only a few moments.

“”Your brilliant first flop was a raging success!
Come on, let’s get busy and on to the next!”
She handed a notebook to Rosie Revere,
who smiled at her aunt as it all became clear.
Life might have failures, but this was not it.
The only true failure can come if you quit.”

Great message for all children, but especially girls. It’s easy to read with high enthusiasm and excitement. I’ve not read the original Iggy Peck, Architect but I may have to pick it up next time Little Miss Princess starts to rake on my nerves. 

Definitely, definitely check it out.

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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