Look Up!

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Penguin UK, Jun 13, 2019 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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3 ... 2 ... 1 ... LIFT OFF. Let science-mad chatterbox Rocket launch into your hearts in this inspiring picture book from two incredible debut talents.

Rocket's going to be the greatest astronaut, star-catcher, space-traveller that has ever lived!

But...

First, she needs to convince her big brother Jamal to stop looking down at his phone and start LOOKING UP at the stars.

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Bursting with energy and passion about space and the natural world, this heart-warming picture book will reignite your desire to turn off those screens and switch on to the outside world.

 

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This is a great book for all ages - the quirky, fun and dynamic lead character (Rocket) is very relatable and brilliantly brought to life by Dapa's illustrations. It's exciting to see debut talent showcasing strong, diverse characters and important messages - we could all do with less looking down and far more looking up! Published by Penguin UK in June 2019 this has already become a favourite in our household.


I love the way this story is told - there isn't reams of text but what there is, says a lot. It worked well for reading aloud and sharing together (with my 3 year old at home but I can also imagine with a class or school assembly) and my son immediately grabbed it from me and went off to hide and paw through the pages himself - he was absolutely absorbed with the pictures and layout.

I love the gap in Rocket's teeth; the references in the images that aren't mentioned in the text; the links to real life hero Mae Jemison; the 'did you know' real life facts; the touching sibling relationship; the absolute belief Rocket has in herself and her super strong ambition (alongside a powerful vulnerability and fragility) and most of all, I love the subtle (but very clear) nod to our escalating use of mobile phones and impact of screen time cleverly interwoven in a joyous story.

In this book, Nathan and Dapa have skilfully captured the wonder, awe and imagination of children the world over - cardboard box inventions, stuffed animal press conferences and big adventures in your local park.

If you're looking for energy, hope and a really good story then this is for you!

 

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About the author (2019)

Nathan Bryon is an award-winning writer and actor who has written for BAFTA award-winning children's TV shows, such as Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House and critically-acclaimed Rastamouse. A rising star in the world of screenwriting, his animated series, Afro Kid, is currently under option.

Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! - winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019.
London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he's not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of the Black diaspora.