Rosie Revere and the Raucous Engineers by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, 144 pp, RL 3
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters
by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Review Copy from Amulet Books
Story: The Questioneers (click this link to an excellent website for the series), Iggy, Rosie and Ada are all on the same page in this amazing new series of chapter books! In Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, Aunt Rose and her friends, the Blue River Riveters, need Rosie's help. June wrecked her motor scooter and, with both wrists in casts, she will have a hard time competing in the ART-A-GO-GO competition. The Raucous Riveters, June's support crew, are hoping Rosie can invent something that will allow June to paint in the competition - which does not allow the use of electricity! With only two days to plan and create (and the cat-powered-painting-pump and the Paintapalooza glitching), Rosie needs the help of Ada and Iggy. Full of questions, and knowing that failing is part of engineering, the three have a brainstorming session and come up with a plan for the next (and the next and the next) Paintapalooza. When Rosie realizes they need one more crucial adjustment to the Paintapalooza 9, she works up the courage to talk to her mysterious, silent neighbor, Mrs. Lu and discovers that, not only is Mrs. Lu an inventor herself, but she is friends with Aunt Rose and a secret benefactor of Rosie's, leaving engineering supplies at her doorstep in the middle of the night. Not only is the Paintapalooza a stunning success, but the Raucous Riveters have the best day ever.
Illustrations: As always, Roberts's illustrations are superb. In this book, his spunky, detailed style alternates with Rosie's sketches of designs and ideas on red-lined graph paper, hand written notes and all.
Why Read? Why Buy?: There is so much to love about the new Questioneers series, but my biggest takeaway from Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters is the idea of making your own family and connecting with love and support, just like the Raucous Riveters do. It's great to see Ada, Iggy and Rosie working together, and Beaty brings as many creative, fun (and funny) ideas to her writing as Roberts does his illustrations. The Riveters play bagpipes and the accordion, sparking an idea for Rosie, there is a "Goosey-Talkie," and there are rivets, valves and even pampas grass. Happily, as Beaty is a masterful rhymer, the book ends with a poem - Ode to a Valve. There are also informational pages about valves, the history of female riveters and a, "Think About This" page that encourages young readers to seek out older people in your life and town and ask them to share their stories with you! STEM, STEAM, and plain old compassion, connecting and comparing make for a fantastic start to what promises to be a stellar series.
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