Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills

Rocket Writes a Story

The #1 New York Times BestsellerThis irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is "a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers," according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can't think of a story. Encouraged by the little yellow bird to look closely at the world around him for inspiration, Rocket sets out on a journey. Along the way he dis...

Details Rocket Writes a Story

TitleRocket Writes a Story
Release DateJul 24th, 2012
PublisherSchwartz & Wade
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Language, Writing, Animals, Dogs

Reviews Rocket Writes a Story

  • Abigail
    Rocket the puppy and his reading tutor, the little yellow bird, return in this sweet follow up to How Rocket Learned to Read . Now a confirmed bibliophile and story lover, Rocket collects words, bringing them back to the bird and helping to create a word tree with her. Eventually, he decides that he would like to write a story of his own, taking inspiration from a pine tree, the nest it holds, and the owl who makes her home in the nest.Every bit...
  • Lisa Vegan
    I loved How Rocket Learned to Read and so I was very eager to read this sequel.I didn’t expect to, but I liked this book as much as the first one. It’s so adorable.As someone with many decades long experiences with writer’s block, my favorite line was “When he didn’t know what to write, he growled.”I adore the illustrations, of Rocket and the yellow bird teacher, and the owl, and everything in the pictures. Rocket is just so, so cute,...
  • Kathryn
    So cute! I really enjoyed Rocket Learns to Read and this story is perhaps even more dear to my heart because I love to write stories, too, and it's so adorable watching Rocket discover the magic in weaving words and expressing something you truly want to share with others. It's also a sweet story of friendship and the illustrations are humorous and charming.
  • Jonathan Peto
    The author just read it to the third graders at my school. I hadn't read any of his books before, but I enjoyed its quiet ambience. I will read more. The author's presentation and style is also rather folksy and good-natured. Good humored too. If you can get him, I recommend it!
  • Brenda
    Story building can be such a difficult task for some children but author Tad Hills introduces it in a fun way that children will understand. Adorable Rocket is guided by his teacher little yellow bird through the process of building his story. To first build his story, Rocket begins by labeling the things he sees in his environment, a tree, flower etc. each is written onto pieces of paper and hung on the tree. Slowly, Rocket begins to take what w...
  • LauraR
    The perfect picture book for Kindergarten-2nd grade students, this books encourages students to "learn" how to write and where they can find their inspiration for this. Recommended by the International Literary Association, this Teacher's Choice book was honored in 2013 and is written by a New York Time's Bestselling Author. Rocket, who has already developed a love for reading (Sequel to Rocket Learned to Read), is learning how to write and what ...
  • Seung Lee
    Nice book about writing a story. I liked it and so did my son.
  • Crystal
    Adorable. I think I maybe growl when I can't think of anything to write also. :)
  • Shiloah
    What a lovely little story! We loved watching the unfolding of Rocket writing his own book because he was inspired by his mentor/teacher and from his love of books.
  • Amy Timmerman
    Review from Omaha Public Library: School Library JournalPreS-Gr 2-The endearing dog who first encountered the joy of words in How Rocket Learned to Read (Random, 2010) wonders what he can do with all the words he's been collecting. "I'm going to write a story!" he announces to his friends, his teacher-a small yellow bird-and the world at large. But a story, he finds, is made of more than just words. With useful questions, positive feedback, and e...
  • Margaret Welwood
    The children in the story circle are insistent--their teachers don't stand on pencils. Maybe that's because they're not like Rocket's teacher, the little yellow bird. With the pencil point in the ground, the little teacher stands on the eraser and looks her furry student in the eye. "Remember, stories take time," she says encouragingly.Rocket sniffs out lovely words like buttercup, feather, and nest, and brings them back to the classroom in the m...
  • Jim Erekson
    I'm baffled by the high reviews for this book. It's the time-tested story of a puppy learning to write. I just didn't get it. Much like Marc Brown's Arthur books, I have no idea why the characters in this story need to be animals. It's token fantasy displacement with the only effect being to make the characters seem more cute. But a good illustrator knows how to make children cute, so why do we need it to be a puppy and Tweety Bird? When I displa...
  • Mary
    Another lovely book about Rocket, the adorable dog who loves books and reading. "Rocket even liked the way books smelled. When he opened a new book, it smelled like a place he'd never been to, like a friend he'd never met."Encouraged by his teacher, the wise yellow bird, Rocket sets out to write a story using all the words he has been collecting. This is a warm, gentle story about friendship and the creative writing process.
  • Read Ribbet
    Tad Hills brings back Rocket who learned to read in his last book. Now Rocket learns to write. Cleverly revealing how writers find their inspiration, how they make word choices, how they unblock writers block. In the end, writing is about relationships as Rocket finds out. A great book for writing mini-lessons and fostering the urgency in Work on Writing.
  • Lorna
    I must say I liked the storyline of the How Rocket Learned to Read better than this one from a sheer entertainment perspective. However, this book is PERFECT, for sharing with young kids about the writing process. So many great ways to incorporate this into the Writer's Workshop process, even for kids in the upper elementary grades.
  • Donalyn
    A marvelous companion to Rocket Learns to Read, this book describes Rocket's writing processes in ways that young children will understand. Perfect for launching writing workshop. Besides, I'm a sucker for owls.
  • Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
    A companion picture book to Rocket Learns to Read. Rocket and the little yellow bird (his teacher) are back. This time Rocket is learning to write and he is going to write a story about a little owl. A little long, but still enjoyable.
  • Lisa Nagel
    Wonderful companion to Rocket Learns to Read and I see teachers using this when teaching fundamentals of writing. Love how Rocket gets his ideas and inspiration.
  • Miss Bookiverse
    The drawings were adorable but the story was too weak and random.
  • Muphyn
    Free book at BEA 2013.Really cute drawing but seriously weak story, there isn't really any point to it and seems a bit random that Rocket the puppy wants to write a story (huh?)... :(
  • Anna
    Love these books and read them aloud.
  • Sunah Chung
    Rocket is a dog who loves reading and writing. He collects words everywhere and brings those words to class. One day he decides to write a story, and while writing a story, he and Owl become good friends. Rocket has a good teacher, the little yellow bird, who encourages Rocket to write a story. Rocket also has a good friend who inspires him to write a story about her, Owl, and listens to his story sincerely. When it comes to writing about educat...
  • Sunni Berbert
    (PICTURE BOOK)This book would be great for having a discussion about the writing process (coming up with a topic, writing it out, editing it). It shows that it is not always easy to write. But it also shows the many strategies and resources that we have available to help us write. I also liked that Rocket and his teacher created a tree with the various words that Rocket would find or sniff out. It would be fun to create a word tree (word wall) ba...
  • Angie
    My Review: I had picked this up a while ago and re-discovered in on my shelves, even though Munchkin is a little old for picture books we read it anyway. It turned out to be a great book to read even though he is older, the way that the concept of how to write a story is presented is fantastic. I like how it is broken down to just putting words together and using things that Rocket found interesting. This is a really cute story with adorable illu...
  • Emily
    Great story for young readers to inspire them to write. It exposes the difficulties one may have in attempting to write for the first time and helps them understand this is normal. Shows young readers that writing is a process that takes time and space. Rocket learns that writing can be fun and help you make new friends!
  • Karol
    I fell in love with Rocket when I read How Rocket Learned to Read. I was very excited to find Rocket Writes a Story on the library shelf. I love words and the very thought of reading and writing. Following Rocket through his writing process and making a new friend was inspiring and made me feel giddy.
  • Michelle
    Charming storyRocket is such a sweet character, and in this lovable story he makes a new friend. I love the theme and how well it reads. The pictures are fun and adorable. Perfect for kids interested in being creative and helps encourage them to be persistent and not give up.
  • Brittany
    We love the Duck and Goose books so we picked this up at the library. It was good, but we were a little disappointed as it fell a little flat with us. I can imagine why others liked it so much, but for us, we'll stick with Duck and Goose.
  • Valleri
    This was a very cute story about a dog whom wishes to write a story for his fellow friends. The word choices by the auther were on par with what would be expected of a young child to be able to read, and yet it was challenging enough to keep them interested.
  • Eileen Carter
    Learning to read and write takes time it doesn't happen over night. Rocket learns this in the story as well as makes a new friend. It is a sweet story with a moral that good things take time, patience and practice to achieve.