Rocket to the Moon by Lerryn Korda is a sweet little story, and the series, Playtime with Little Nye, is a great stepping stone from board books to picture books for little readers. Like Polly Dunbar's Tilly and Friends series, a group of friends, in this case all animals, interacts, explores and has snack together in a setting that might remind young readers of a play school, day care or preschool. In Rocket to the Moon, it is dark out and Nella and Gracie are making cupcakes. Little Nye is thinking about going to the moon. With the help of Lester, the two begin to build a rocket ship from anything at hand. When the whole thing comes crashing down, Nella and Gracie jump in to help and a new rocket ship for four is constructed with cupcakes for the returning astronauts.
I could easily see this series of books tucked into the backset of a car or a toy basket at grandmas. While these stories are a delight to read out loud, they carry enormous "read" alone value. The small size and thick pages, as well as the bright color palette make these books easy to pick up and hard to resist. In fact, Korda's illustrations are so playful and bright I couldn't resist showing you works from all of the books in the series. It's Vacation Time, Into the Wild and Millions of Snow.