Exclusive! ‘Meet Matilda Rocket Builder: The Early Years Planets and Stars,’ – an original short story by Dom Conlon, illustrated by Heidi Cannon.

You may have already spotted Dom’s original story: ‘Meet Matilda Rocket Builder,’ but today I have an exclusive short story to share with you all…..

‘Going to the Moon is SO last century, so how difficult can it be―even for a ten-year-old―to follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and the Apollo astronauts? Meet Matilda, the girl who’ll give it her best shot to learn everything she needs to learn in order to get there herself. From how to pee in zero-g to why pizzas won’t take you up and up away, this is science for the curious! Told as a journey of discovery, it’s full of easy-to-understand facts about air pressure, escape velocities, coding, and falling around the Earth, in a way which will inspire the next generation of moon walkers.’

I always love a book with a female lead and a strong STEM theme. Add in a bucketload of scientific facts, a galaxy of illustrations, and a generous dose of humour and you have a seriously awesome book!

My eight-year-old was thoroughly gripped by this brilliant book. He loved all the facts incorporated into the story and was soon drawing up the blueprints for a rocket of his own. We are currently trying to amass a suitable amount of cardboard boxes!


And now for what you’ve all been waiting for…a very special short story!

Click on the link below to download a new out-of-this-world adventure and learn how the planets and stars came to be.

*Warning! A chocolate brownie was harmed in the telling of this tale.*

I love stories which teach readers something along the way – but I could never condone the destruction of an innocent cake. Not even in the name of science.

A great new title – make sure you visit your local book shop and get yourself a copy now.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Uclan Publishing for sending me this title to review*

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