Rocket Loves Hide-and-Seek! – Tad Hills

  Rocket Loves Hide-and-Seek! – Tad Hills, Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Division, 9780593177921, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Beginning Reader

 What did you like about the book? The Rocket books are perfect for beginning readers and this story will be a wonderful addition to any beginning reader collection. Rocket is enjoying a fun day outside with his friends Squirrel and Owl. They are playing a game of hide-and-seek and taking turns being the one who hides and the one who seeks. The only problem, both Owl and Squirrel always find Rocket right away. He can never hide himself completely because he is so big. Both Squirrel and Owl come up with a plan to help Rocket. They cover him with wet mud and stick leaves onto his body. Now Rocket is camouflaged and he can hide just about anywhere. This is a great story that shows friends helping another friend.

This is a wonderful choice for beginning readers because there is repetition of words from one page to another and there are context clues in the illustrations. The book is also 32 pages and I think that will feel like a huge accomplishment to young readers.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? The story is perfect for children between the ages of two and five years old. The text would be great for beginning readers who are learning to read independently.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of two and five or works with beginning readers.

Where would you shelve it? Beginning Readers

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, I recommend all the Rocket stories.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: December 31, 2020

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