BLOG TOUR : Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess

Sadie Sprocket is a girl with a big dream—to go to Mars! No one has been to Mars (yet!), so of course that’s where Sadie sets her sights. She learns everything she can about the planet and space, then assembles her crew of trusty stuffed animals. Together they build a rocket and prepare for the historic journey. And then finally—blastoff!

Sadie and her team make it to Mars, but what will they encounter when they leave the ship? And will they travel home safely as the world watches?

With cheery rhyming text and quirky artwork, this is a story about dreaming big and reaching for the stars. The book includes facts about Mars and women in space to inspire budding explorers everywhere.
Sue Fliess is the author of more than thirty children’s books, including Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins, illustrated by Mark Chambers; Shoes for Me!, A Dress for Me!, and Books for Me!, all illustrated by Mike Laughead; and Let’s Build, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto. She lives with her family and their two dogs in northern Virginia, where they admire the moon, stars, and sometimes even planets from their backyard. Learn more about Sue at

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Annabel Tempest is the illustrator of a number of picture books and board books. She holds a degree in fashion and textiles and has worked as a freelance illustrator on everything from maps and packaging to greeting cards and children’s books. She lives in the beautiful Somerset countryside in the UK with her husband and a houseful of muddy boys and dogs. Learn more about Annabel at

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Fliess's tale of a young girl who builds a rocket and travels to Mars with her animal crew is both imaginative and science-based.  While no one has traveled to Mars as of yet, and certainly wouldn't be able to the way Sadie does, Sadie and her friends problem-solve, and conduct experiments and tests the way a real scientist would.  This would be a fun book to use in STEM-based lessons and activities because of the problem-solving and experimentation.  But it's also an inspirational story about a young girl who finds a way to follow her dreams despite how impossible it seems.  The rhymes work well for the most part and the bright, cheerful illustrations are appealing and fun.  A winning work of science fiction perfect for young readers who dream of traveling through space themselves.



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