Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola
Rocket LOVES space, and her hero is Mae Jemison. The story follows Rocket and her brother Jamal on the day leading up to a meteor shower that Rocket could not be more excited about. She’s made her own flyers, and even snags the microphone at the grocery store to announce the location of her viewing party.
This story is adorable, and Rocket is a spunky narrator that would also make for a wonderful playmate. Dressed in a replica moonsuit, Rocket is a proactive protagonist and won’t be deterred by her brother’s constant cellphone use. She truly wants to show her neighborhood the wonders of space, and cares deeply about creating a meaningful experience for everyone.
Rocket Says Look Up! is a joyful story, and makes me excited for the summertime when I can be outdoors stargazing! Little Feminist Book Club has kindly sent me this book (it’s one of their awesome subscription boxes), and it was published by Random House. If you’re interested in checking out what Little Feminist has to offer, I have a code (“MYTINYACTIVIST“) that will get you 15% off any purchase except gift cards! They’re a wonderful women-owned business, and our mission and values overlap quite a bit.
Nathan Bryon is an award-winning writer and actor who has written for BAFTA award-winning children’s TV shows, such as Swashbuckle and Apple Tree House and critically-acclaimed Rastamouse. A rising star in the world of screenwriting, his animated series, Afro Kid, is currently under option. Look Up! is his debut picture book for children.
Dapo Adeola is an award-winning illustrator and designer who creates characters and images that challenge expectations around race and gender in a fun and upbeat way. He is the co-creator and illustrator of bestselling picture book Look Up! — winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the number 1 debut picture book of 2019. Dapo is also illustrator of the Versify fiction series The Last Last Day of Summer and other upcoming series with Macmillan and Bloomsbury.
London born and bred but of Nigerian heritage, when he’s not busy cooking up new characters and adventures you can find Dapo running illustration and character design workshops with children or organising events to help highlight the possibilities of a career in illustration to underrepresented members of the Black diaspora.