Rating: 4 stars
“R is for Rocket” is an alphabet book by Tad Hills featuring his familiar characters like Rocket the dog, Bella the squirrel and more. It will make for enjoyable reading for everyone from parents to teachers to kids. The illustrations are bright and colorful and the characters, while simply drawn, have emotions clearly drawn on their faces.
The script is clever. There is not just one word that starts with the letter of the alphabet on that page — Hills creates sentences with alliteration. Not only will this make it fun to read the book, kids will have fun pointing out all the “h’s” in the sentence, “Rocket finds a hat on a hill and puts it on his head. It makes him happy.” In the book, all the “h’s” are typed in boldface.
When “Bella plays in the ivy. It’s not a good idea. It makes her itch.” And so on. All clever. All with adorable animal characters in every creative scene. This would be perfect for a gift for a child from newborn to first grade. Kids will love reading it over and over and over.
Please note: This review is based on the hardcover picture book provided by the publisher, Schwartz & Wade Books, for review purposes.