My Rainy Day Rocket Ship by Markette Sheppard. Illustrated by Charly Palmer

My Rainy Day Rocket Ship

Told in spirited, playful rhymes and illustrated with bold splashes of vibrant colors, this exuberant children’s picture book shares the vivid imagination and problem-solving abilities of a young African American boy who is stuck in the house on a rainy day. He knows his familiar inside toys could keep him happy, but he thinks, “But I’ve been there and / done that stuff, / Today I’ll make something really tough. / Like a whole new world / in a different place— / a galaxy off in / outer space!”

As he looks around his home, he finds everything he needs—a rocking chair for a rocket, a super launching pad that Dad helps to build, a cardboard box for a spaceship, swimming trunks and goggles for a space suit, Mom’s old dish rag for a flag, and more. With the help of his loving parents and his rich imagination, he’s launched into outer space: “Zoom, zoom, zoom / all the way from / the living room / down the hall, / riding on a broom.”

Young children are sure to delight in this fun and imaginative romp through a rainy day and might even be inspired to make their own rocket ship. (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

About the Author

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer and a member of Covenant CRC in St. Catharines, Ontario.