Renee Mihulka – Children's Book Reviews & Writer

Rosie Revere, Engineer

rosie revereOVERALL: 5 Stars

Concept:5 Stars
Illustrations:5 Stars
Plot:5 Stars
Writing:4.5 Stars


Andrea Beaty
David Roberts
Abrams Books


That night, as Rosie lay wide-eyed in bed, a daring idea crept into her head. Could she build a gizmo to help her aunt fly? She looked at the cheese hat and said, “No, not I.”


Description: Rosie Revere loves to build things with a purpose and she did so with abandon until one day someone laughed at her and she lost her confidence. This is a story about a girl who hits a few snags along the path to fulfilling her dreams and the importance of having a mentor that believes in you.

Concept: I love this concept and I particularly love that they chose a girl who wanted to be an engineer and not the obvious choice – a boy. I also love that she loses her confidence along the way and worries about what other people think to a point that it stops her (momentarily) from pursuing her true passion. The fact that there are references to the histories of women in aviation only adds to its depth and meaning.

Illustrations: Beautiful mixed media illustrations that are so detailed you can find something new each time you read the book. I love how Rosie is rendered, with her sweeping fringe – a style shared by her mentor aunt!

Plot: This book really fits in a lot of but the main messages are that you are only a failure if you quit, that failures are inevitable on the way to success and that you can’t underestimate the value of encouragement nor the impact of ridicule from an adult.

Writing: There is a delicious use of words and rhyme in this book.

This book will stay with you and your kids. It is a brilliant book, particularly for girls, but the ideas of trying and failure are important for all kids to understand. One of the greatest predictors of success is a willingness to fail, get up and start again. Not to quit. This book is a pleasure to read for so many reasons and it’s no wonder it made the New York Times bestseller list.

Things to ask and discuss:

1) Why did Rosie stop creating things?

2) Talk about the idea of failure and learning from your mistakes. How big things take time and effort e.g. learning to read, ride a bike. Sometimes you fall, but the main thing is to keep trying.

3) You can talk about your child’s dreams and hopes and how they might go about fulfilling them.

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