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My Rainy Day Rocket Ship

Illustrated by Charly Palmer



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About The Book

Rainy summer days are no match for a little astronaut who builds the perfect rocket ship for an indoor space adventure to another galaxy, where the sky is his only limit!

A stormy afternoon and an order from Mom to stay inside are no match for this little dreamer, who uses everyday household items—a rocket chair, a cardboard box, an old dish rag, and a super-duper imagination—to whip up a trip around the universe he won’t soon forget.

My Rainy Day Rocket Ship is a high-spirited, engaging salute to the imagination of Black boys who use their beautiful minds to transform the mundane into the extraordinary, dream out loud, and boldly go where their sky is the only limit.

About The Author

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Markette Sheppard is an Emmy Award–winning journalist and children’s book author. Her bestselling debut book, What Is Light?, inspired children to discover the light within through everyday surroundings. Markette is also founder of The GLOW Brands, LLC, a media company aimed at illuminating perspectives around the world. She earned a master of arts degree in interactive journalism from American University in Washington, DC, and a bachelor’s in communications and French from California State University Dominguez Hills. Markette lives in Maryland with her husband and son.

About The Illustrator

Charly Palmer, a graduate of the American Academy of Art, is a nationally recognized fine artist whose work is in private and public collections, including those of McDonald’s Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, and Vanderbilt University. His illustrative work for Mama Africa! earned him the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator of the Year award. Palmer’s art is inspired by his children and grandchildren. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 5, 2020)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534461772
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD520L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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Raves and Reviews

"The illustrations love this black family, highlighting the glow of their skin and luxuriating in the narrator's abundant, textured curls. The lavish application of paint—broader than in most picture books—means this will show especially well in a group setting. Rhythmic storytelling and gorgeous illustrations make this a delight." - Kirkus

"Boredom is the mother of invention in this playful story. Using rhyming and near-rhyming text, Sheppard tells the story of a young boy who plans an imaginary voyage to outer space. His fond parents come to cheer on the launch, and then it’s off to bed for the little one. The verse brims with childlike enthusiasm...Thick expressionist lines and swirls in Palmer’s illustrations create a lively effect, particularly in images of the boy, who has dark skin, and his family." - School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • CLEL Bell Picture Book Award (CO)

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