Rocket-Bye by Carole P. Roman Review

illustrated by Mateya Arkova

With NASA’s Perseverance rover recently landing on Mars, there has been a renewed interest in space, rockets and space exploration. Mars is a very long trip and a feat of science and engineering, and we are all enjoying seeing the images beamed back, but that might not be as interesting to young children so fortunately they can read about space and space exploration in some excellent story books. In one such book, Carole P. Roman has created a rhyming picture book story, for 3 to 8 years old, that sends its young readers into outer space on a trip through the planets, moons and constellations with the help of two siblings on a rocket ship.

Carole P. Roman is a prolific award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series and If You Were Me and Lived In… series of children’s books, among others and we are always delighted when reading her books.

Rocket-Bye is book #2 in the Bedtime Dream Collection  from Carole P. Roman and is an out of this world rhyming story perfect for children’s bedtime reading!

Rocket-Bye is a rhyming story about two young siblings who once bedtime arrives, their journey to sleep via the stars and beyond departs on a rocket ship.

As they settle down into bed, they soon travel into space and wander throughout the galaxy looking at the moons, the stars and the planets all within the comfort of their own beds in their own bedroom, all whilst sleeping… it is of course a wonderful dream. The story is told entirely in short verses and it makes the perfect book for bedtime reading.

To accompany the beautiful story of exploring the stars and solar system are beautiful illustration by the very talented Mateya Arkova. Mateya has a very unique style with pictures drawn in bright pastel colours with a cartoon style featuring blurred edges. The illustrations fit in with the dream theme wonderfully, it captures the imagination, looks great and brings the story to life.

Whilst Rocket-Bye makes a perfect book for bedtime reading or story time, it also has excellent education value, especially for home schooling, as it introduces children to planet names, star constellations along with some nice factual titbits about space and the planets, and even has an underlying message about not being afraid.

Rocket-Bye is a perfect outer space story that children will adore reading and learning more about the universe that we live in. The illustrations are beautiful adding a great deal of detail and life to the wonderful words within the story (some will be new words for the children so they will also be expanding their vocabulary). The rhyming verse makes it a gentle tale that is easy to read and one that is excellent bedtime reading.

A dreamy, out of this world book that explores the vastness of space in a fun way.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £7.99 (paperback)

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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