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The Rocket Book

Peter Newell

Book Overview: 

The Rocket Book begins when the son of a building superintendent sets a match to a rocket he discovered in the basement. Suddenly, the rocket blasts its way up through apartment after apartment in a high-rise, disrupting and transforming the humdrum goings-on of twenty families till it is finally stopped cold by something in the attic. An elliptical hole is punched in each of the book’s pages and illustrations to signify where the rocket passed through every apartment! As in all of Newell’s books, the verse on the verso-page provides commentary on the recto-page illustration.

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Book Excerpt: 
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Before the fire old Grandpa Hopp

Dozed in his arm-chair big,

When from a trunk the rocket burst

And carried off his wig!

It passed so near his ancient head

He roused up with a start,

And, turning to his grandsons, said,

"You fellows think you're smart!"




Algernon Bracket, somewhat rash,

Had blown a monster bubble,

When, oh! there came a blinding flash,

Precipitating trouble!

But Algy turned in mild disgust,

And called to Mama Bracket,

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Community Reviews

This little book published in 1912 is amazingly entertaining. It follows the path of an errant rocket from the basement (where a small boy accidentally lights it) through 21 flats.

Each flat it travels through is a glimpse of life in the early twentieth century. Women swoon, men are inventing things

It is surprising in its beautiful illustrations, details between the verses and the events that develop. At once this is a page turner. So much fun to accompany floor by floor the results of what a naughty little boy could provoke with a strike of a match! It is a great little book.

I just found out about the Library of Congress' new digital collection of children's books and this was the one I happened to click on to check it out. I love that they scanned all of the pages, so it includes some of the library markings. The illustrations are fun and the rhyme scheme done well. De

This rhyming picture book actually has better rhythm than a lot of the more modern ones I've read. It's too bad it's a wee bit dated (although, for being over a hundred years old, it's not as bad as it could've been).

A brat lights a rocket in the basement of an apartment building, and then the reade

This books is very clever--even moreso when you consider children's literature and the era in general when it was first published (1912). Well worth a read if you have the interest and can get your hands on it.

Oh, this was adorable. Fun to read, with cute illustrations (loved the expressions on all the faces!) and clever rhymes.

The story is simplicity itself: a naughty boy lights a rocket in the basement of an apartment building and we follow it to the top floor, witnessing the chaos it creates on the wa

Que livro mais maravilhoso e divertido! Impossível não se apaixonar pelos desenhos ou pelas rimas ❤

Now this was an absolute delight to read! All too often, parents are forced to endure their children's books, but this was actually a pleasure to read.

Oh my, what a fun book to read The rhymes were charming. We see the consequences of on bad act and how they are perceived. The janitor's son finds a rocket in the basement and lights it. The rocket takes off and goes through each of the floors above it. On each floor we have a different incident tak

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