Rocketmole by Matt Carr

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Published by Scholastic, 2019.

Armstrong is a mole and he’s fed up with living underground. He decides to go to the moon. His mole friends are unsure – it’s not what moles are supposed to do – and they worry about the dangers. Armstrong, however, is undeterred.

His first few attempts to launch himself into space are unsuccessful but he perseveres. He builds an impressive rocket and blasts off into outer space. His determination pays off. After a few days he reaches the moon and takes ‘a giant leap for a mole’ onto the moon’s surface. At first, he explores excitedly and has fun bouncing around. However, before long, he starts to feel a bit bored and lonely. He looks down at Earth and thinks how beautiful it is. He realises that he misses home and his friends. He heads back to Earth.

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Armstrong receives a warm welcome from his friends who have been inspired by his bravery and determination. So much so that they decide to join Armstrong on his next adventure.

Rocketmole is lots of fun. There’s loads of humour – from puns to silly jokes. It’s also really visually appealing. Matt Carr’s trademark illustrative style – bold primary colours combined with black and white – is striking and very distinctive. His pictures, which incorporate speech and thought bubbles, often have a comic strip feel too.

For those who want to know a bit more about moles or the moon, there’s also a page of facts at the end of the book.

Rocketmole is a brilliant book about determination, friendship and following your dreams.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

Thank you to Scholastic for sending me this book to review.

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