‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty: Wonderful picture book with purpose


Rating: 5 stars

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts is a picture book that is not only inspiring but also humorous with fabulous rhyming text.

There are so many things to love about this book it’s difficult to list them all. The rhyme is extremely clever and kids will love to follow along. The messages are very important ones for young children and not-so-young children alike.

Rosie loves to build things. She collects discarded items and build fantastical creations for her friends and family. But when her uncle laughs at one of her inventions (a hat to keep pythons away), she realizes that she will be laughed at for her imagination.

Until, that is, her Aunt Rose arrives. Aunt Rose was a riveter on airlines (think Rosie the Riveter) and her only wish unfilled is to fly. But she knows that will never happen. Rosie thinks about it and wonders if she could build something to let her aunt fly. But she thinks about her cheese hat (the anti-python hat) and tells herself no.

“But questions are tricky, and some hold on tight, and this one kept Rosie awake through the night. So when dawn approached and red streaks lit the sky, young Rosie knew just how to make her aunt fly.”

Her creation flies for just a minute and then crashes to the ground. When her aunt starts laughing, Rosie is totally disgusted with herself for allowing herself to believe that she could create something great. But her aunt then teachers her (and all readers of this book) that failing is not a bad thing. It’s just a first try.

The motto is clear with the words “Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.”

Girls can build things and aspire to be engineers! First tries are often (usually) flops. Use this book to teach about how many light bulbs didn’t work before Edison created one that did. Teach about Einsteins saying, “Genius is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.”

The illustrations are also genius. They are bright and colorful and highly stylized. The characters in the story have wonderful expressions and the use of graph paper as endpapers is brilliant.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Abrams, for review purposes.