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Rocket Town Board book – April 1, 2011
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About the Author
Bob Logan lives in Thousand Oaks, CA with his wife, son, and two retired pugs. Bob likes to draw his pictures on a computer and is not one to turn down key lime pie, pleasant conversation, or a chance to play the Wii. Visit www.bobloganillustration.blogspot.com
Top Customer Reviews
The whole town is a curious mix of yesteryear and the projected future. Big, old-fashioned streetlamps mark each corner, and striped awnings adorn the brick buildings. And a giant rocket swoops through, with passengers riding much like they would in a train. Black iron gates surround the park, but the playground equipment inside consists of dozens of rockets! The burger joint looks just as old timey, but the waitresses wear jet powered footwear instead of roller skates.
It's so much fun to see where old fashioned and the future intersect in Bob Logan's mind. The school bus is the same yellow, but hovers five feet in the air. A used rocket shop looks very much like today's used car lots. It is there the man and his dog find a yellow rocket nearly identical to his vintage truck, and they take a very different sort of ride.
I love the thought that went into this story. It's really neat to see an imaginative version of what the future will be like, incorporating many items which will probably be obsolete. I think it is not too often that you find a board book of this caliber. Very clever!
Logan's board book belongs in a book galaxy all its own. With enthralling art and simple text it's very appealing to toddlers (especially rocket-crazed toddlers like my own), but due to the complexity of the illustrations and flashy rocket theme, older kids will find themselves drawn into the details. My daughter pointed out that all the baby strollers in the book are rockets, and she loves the "just married" rocket carriage that blows heart shaped exhaust. My son thinks the green "stinky onion" rocket is hilarious. The unique, digitally rendered illustrations are done in retro-pop style. The illustrations also look slightly futuristic with a rockets and space art theme (think Hanna Barbera's Jetsons crossed with the latest in animation technology). Logan primarily works as a story artist for DreamWorks and his animation talent is apparent in the pages of this book.
Now typically I'm not a huge fan of board books because most are versions of picture books formatted in a downsized design to fit babies and toddlers.Read more ›
Mom and More Disclosure: I was sent this book to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this for my 2 yr old and he's now 3, and it is still one of his favorite books. My 6 yr old girl also loves it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by WildernessMansWife
The kindle version of this text is incredibly disappointing. It is a disjointed rendering of the images and words and the images are much too small for the typical tablet screen... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Stephanie Morris
My 5 year old is obsessed with rockets and couldn't find a rocket book at our library that he liked. I did a quick search on my kindle and this book came up. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Ryan Mathias
Cool book with amazing art. My son loves it. I wish I could find more like it. The page thickness and size makes it easy for kids to turn the page.Published on March 10, 2014 by Kenneth J. St Onge
I bought this for my nephew who is three and a half and loves rockets. He learned the words and could read it in no time himself. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Linden Jordan
I hear nephew likes it very much. he loves anything with a motor so this fits the bill just right.Published on February 18, 2014 by WillieWho
My kid loves this book. We read it at least once a day and he shares it with all his friends. He loves the idea of owning his own rocket like that boy in the book does towards the... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Amazon Customer
The text was not that great, is not a story like I was hoping. The illustrations are good for kids, bright and fun. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Suzzy Q