- Jessica Farrow
Rosie the Riveter is an icon, well-known for representing the scores of women who worked in munitions factories during World War II. Andrea Beaty gives a subtle nod to the original Rosie—and the powerful women she represents—in Rosie Revere, Engineer, her follow-up to Iggy Peck, Architect. Rosie Revere is a born engineer who loves creating intricate and unusual machines using parts she has salvaged from the trash. Her inventing has been a secret, though, ever since the day her Uncle Fred laughed at her snake repellant hat.
But when her Great-Great-Aunt Rose, who used to build airplanes, expresses a wish to get to fly one instead, Rosie knows she has the perfect idea! Will Rosie's fear stop her from engineering, or can she be brave enough to share her machines with the world? And, if her first try doesn't fly, will failure put an end to her engineering dreams?
With a lot of resourcefulness and a little advice from Aunt Rose, Rosie and the reader learn to dream bold dreams and treat failures as step one, rather than the end. David Roberts's illustations are deceptively simplistic and deserve a second (and third) look for everything from a rogue Wild Thing to repeated patterns and Rosie the Riveter-inspired touches. They pair perfectly with Beaty's rhyming text and its lovable heroine.
Fans of Rosie will want to check out the next book in the series, Ada Twist, Scientist. Budding engineers might also find some inspiration in Janice VanCleave's Engineering for Every Kid. Whether you're an engineering natural or need a little extra practice, Rosie will have readers laughing, cheering, and perhaps wanting to engineer their own cheese-copters.