Pictures shows the cover of the book Rocket Ship Solo Trip, depicting an illustration of a smiling rocket ship as it enters outer space
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ROCKET SHIP, SOLO TRIP by Chiara Colombi – A Lovely Gift for Kiddos, Grads, & Those Making Big First Steps

It’s no secret that I ADORE books (duh, just LOOK at this website), and I especially love gifting books. I’ve long been a fan of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You Go” for friends and family who are (A) book lovers AND (B) recent graduates. It’s a fun book with a delightful sentiment – BUT – I’ve done it for so, so long. And I’ve been looking for something similar to gift, just to switch things up.

So when I discovered the book Rocket Ship, Solo Trip, written by Chiara Colombi and enchantingly illustrated by Scott Magoon, I put in a pre-order faster than you can say BLAST OFF!

Oh, don’t let the picture book format fool you. Big thoughts can come in sweet, innocent wrappers. Rocket Ship, Solo Trip is a lovely book for so many readers – but particularly those who might be about to start out soon on a new adventure with a bit more independence. It’s a wonderful book about self-confidence – with the added message that someone has their back.

ROCKET SHIP, SOLO TRIP by Chiara Colombi – A Lovely Gift for Kiddos, Grads, & Those Making Big First StepsRocket Ship, Solo Trip by Chiara Colombi
Published by Penguin on February 27, 2024
Genres: Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / New Experience, Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Juvenile Fiction / Technology / Astronauts & Space
Pages: 32
Format: Hardback
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A delightful, rhyming picture book that is perfect for fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and captures all the excitement and nervousness of life's big firsts; art by New York Times bestselling illustrator, Scott Magoon!

“First time jitters? That’s okay.
Find one small step to lead the way.”

Rocket is embarking on her first solo mission. Her goal? Place a satellite into orbit to take pictures of the beautiful unknown. With a few words of encouragement from Ground Control, Rocket sparks ignition and blasts off to discover all the beauty of outer space. But when it’s time for reentry, she wonders if she can do it alone. With Ground Control’s parting words in mind, Rocket trusts that she knows exactly what to do. She returns home at hypersonic speed and excited for her future expeditions…maybe next time, to the moon.

With delightful rhyming stanzas, and pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Scott Magoon, Rocket Ship, Solo Trip explores all the complicated emotions of big firsts and reminds readers that no matter how far they go, the ones they love are always close by.


Full disclosure – I bought this for my teen who is about to graduate high school and battles with anxiety.(AND whose name is Rocket, and loves anything space related!)

This was the perfect way to send the message that we know they have all the tools and skills to “launch” on their own, and assure them that “Mission Control” – aka Mom and Dad – have their back the entire time.

I don’t think you are EVER too old for a picture book. And Rocket Ship, Solo Trip, is going to earn a spot on my bookshelf for it’s whimsy and sweetness and positive message.

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