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Rosie Revere, Engineer

4.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,059 Ratings  ·  486 Reviews
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she's a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal--to fly--Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. But when her contraption doesn't fly but r ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Abrams Books for Young Readers
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Gail Gauthier
Jul 16, 2014 Gail Gauthier rated it it was amazing
"This isn't a girl self-esteem book. This is an importance of failure book. There's something I haven't seen a lot of. The main character is a female because the main character had to be something. She could have been a genderless anthropomorphic bear, that's how little sex roles have to do with this story.

Rosie Revere deals specifically with the value of failure in engineering. In many such tech fields, failure brings practitioners closer to reaching their goals because it narrows the field of
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Kids; Parents
Recommended to Carmen by: Book Stores
But when no one saw her, she peeked in the trash
for treasures to add to her engineer's stash.
And late, late at night, Rosie rolled up her sleeves
and built in hideaway under the eaves.

I thought I would love this feminist children's book about a little girl engineer, but I had some problems.

Graph paper end pages
Grandma Rosie the Riveter
It rhymes

A seeming obsession with Cheez-Wiz. I hate Cheez Wiz.
Rather ugly drawings.
A kind of strange, vague message that I didn't like.
Sabra Gerber
Jul 11, 2014 Sabra Gerber rated it it was amazing
We love Iggy and Rosie-- what great, smart young role models. My five year old now can't decide if he wants to be an architect or engineer! (For now he says he will stick with puzzles.) And we love that you see both characters in both books! Great artwork, fun rhymes, and great themes about facing challenges and Pursuing dreams-- even when adults don't always support or understand that creativity.
The Styling Librarian
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts – Inspiring, creative, inventions, and self confidence… love the messages: “Don’t let others make you lose sight of your ambition.” Beautiful illustrations, fantastic characters, and humourous creative inventions all combine to a powerfully wonderful book. I loved how there was a lovely, easy to read, fact page about women’s history connections to airplanes. Lovely read aloud that connects to non-fiction book topics- flight, tr ...more
Feb 19, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderfully inspiring and should be on the list of all parents for reading aloud to their children. It discusses the importance of failing at things so that you can learn from them. Rosie is a curious child who loves to invent things, but one day, when a family member laughs at her she decides she can't do anything anymore. It isn't until another family member encourages her dreams of invention that she understands the importance of persevering in the face of adversity. I LOVED this ...more
Nathaniel Hardman
Jan 08, 2016 Nathaniel Hardman rated it it was amazing
This was a delight and a surprise. Maybe my expectations were just very low because my daughter brings home so many random, forgettable books from the library. Based on the title and cover art, I expected this to be a bland little girls-can-be-engineers-too, girly power kind of book. And then it turned out to be more than that and better than that, and I was delighted!

Two things that stuck out for me:
1 - Great rhyme and meter. Reminds me of Dr. Seuss; Beaty's rhymes pop every bit as well as Seu
Valerie Barnhart
Mar 20, 2015 Valerie Barnhart rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inventors
1. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty copyright 2013. Twin text for celebration of achievement of inventors nonfiction set.

2. My rationale for selecting this text is for the grade level that is addressed and the content. It is a fiction story of a young girl who experiments with different gadgets to make the lives of the people in her family better. She has failures before she comes to success. This is the concept that I wish to develop. No matter what, keep trying.

3. This is the fiction boo
Jan 05, 2014 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a follow-up book to Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. We loved the youthful exuberance and the whimsical humor of both books. And once again, this creative team offers an inspiration to a young child's inquisitive mind and inventive spirit.

This story takes a hilarious and whimsical look at a child prodigy who is passionate about building, but shy and embarrassed about sharing her creations. Encouragement from a trail-blazing aunt helps her see her potential.

Our gi
Mar 10, 2014 Lizzie rated it really liked it
These very detailed and creative illustrations will hook kids into thinking about how it is to play machines. I liked that the author choose the word "engineer" to describe Rosie's actions instead of "inventor." However, Rosie illustrates just a few flavors of engineer - essentially she is an aerospace/mechanical (and maybe structural and electric?)engineer in training. A good an accompanying nonfiction lesson would talk about the many different kinds of engineers (civil, environmental, chemical ...more
Juliana Lee
Fantastic story about imagination and determination. Rosie's great great aunt Rosie encourages her to continue building gizmos and gadgets, even though the first trials fail. In her words, "your brilliant firs flop was a raging success! Come on, let's get busy and on to the next!"
Katie Lalor
Jul 08, 2016 Katie Lalor rated it it was amazing
Love the whimsical drawings with the inspiring story.
I also love the word choice, rhyme, and the part where she failed. Good thing for Aunt Rose!
A great story for the beginning of a project.
Mar 27, 2015 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
What a lovely read, and with such beautiful illustrations! I love the lesson of this story and I especially love the optimism it stimulates in readers. It put a smile on my face, which is one of the aims of such a book. I am not a parent, but if I had kids, I'm sure they'd enjoy it too. Science! Curiosity! Hard work!
Oct 08, 2013 Betsy rated it it was amazing
As a love of Iggy Peck, Architect I was thrilled to see another book from Andrea Beaty and David Roberts. This story didn't disappoint at all! Beaty and Roberts do a fantastic job if introducing jobs to kids in a way that is fun and relatable. The motto if never giving up and following your bliss is a wonderful life lesson to children and adults! I am an elementary art teacher and use Beaty and Roberts books in my room often and my kids ask about them constantly. This amazing team has a fan in m ...more
Joyce Yattoni
Jul 17, 2016 Joyce Yattoni rated it it was amazing
#bookaday Because of the title at first I thought this would be a great HF read but it only casually mentions Rosie. It is told in 3rd person, but the perspective focuses on Rosie's Great Great niece another Rosie. This story is told in present day about Rosie's interest in building things.

This is a great read for the beginning of the year especially if you want to move students away from "point gathering" and focus on learning. There is a great quote in the story, "The only true failure can co
Aug 11, 2016 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Great message about perseverance and really engaging pictures loaded with details. Loved the page with pencil sketches of early flying machines and captions describing the women that flew them.
Regina L
Apr 09, 2015 Regina L rated it it was amazing
“Rosie Revere, Engineer” is a follow-up to Andrea Beaty’s “Iggy Peck, Architect”. We see some familiar faces: Lila Green is the teacher again, and even Iggy makes an appearance. One of my favorite things about this book is how Beaty syncs the story with the design… not only is Rosie an architect but the all the ilustrations are drawn on engineering grid paper! The colors are vibrant, cheerful and highly detailed with a mix of pen and pencil sketching. The illustrations are charmingly busy ax Ros ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Keris rated it it was amazing
Have wanted to read this for ages and I adored it. So fabulous to read a book that references Rosie the Riveter and also features details of real women in aviation. But that aside, the story and message are wonderful and the illustrations are gorgeous. Joe loved it, although he was a bit upset when Rosie's uncle laughed at her invention...
Rebecca Ann
Jan 24, 2015 Rebecca Ann rated it it was amazing
Yes yes yes. We need more wonderful picture books like this with strong, cute, funny stories of girls going into the sciences...and that is coming from a huge fan of the humanities. Beaty is such a wonderful writer and artist! These illustrations could not be better.
May 25, 2016 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
yes. yes. yes. Oscar loves reading this one with me, and I love: (a) having a girl be an engineer; (b) emphasis on the importance of failure in the process of development

Thoroughly recommended for kids from about 3-5 or so
Oct 25, 2014 Ruth rated it it was amazing
A wonderful story about a little girl who loves to build things but gets discouraged when people laugh at her inventions. And then great great aunt Rosie shows up. I got a little teary reading this one, not gonna lie.
Courtney Umlauf
Jun 08, 2016 Courtney Umlauf rated it it was amazing
Loved the illustrations and the rhyme, but not as much as I loved the message of seeing failures as learning experiences and the wonderful bit of WWII history. So glad I picked this book up.
Edward Sullivan
Jul 23, 2013 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Wonderfully detailed, whimsical illustrations are the highlight in this story about a passionate, persistent young inventor of remarkable contraptions.
Apr 17, 2014 Veronica rated it it was amazing
I just read this in the bookstore & started crying. It is perfect. Every kid needs this book. The message is about the success we gain thru failing.
Jul 16, 2014 Shawna rated it really liked it
Great book to introduce making. Favorite quote from the book- "The only true failure can come if you quit."
Stefani Sloma
Aug 21, 2015 Stefani Sloma rated it really liked it
Inspiring and fun. "The only true failure can come if you quit."
Oct 16, 2015 Brittney rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is full of inspiration. Young Rosie sees the possibilities and the beauty if the most simplest and "junkiest," of things. What I like most about this story is that it rhymes. Furthermore, the illustrations are bright and "graphic," like what an engineer might be exposed to. I truly recommend this book for everyone. It shows the importance of following your passions and dreams. This story could also lead into a lesson where students share their "grown up" job desires. They could even wr ...more
Steven Zachary
Aug 13, 2014 Steven Zachary rated it it was amazing
I had high hopes for this book and usually that results in under performance and disappointment. However in this case it exceeded my wildest expectations. I bought this book in my continuing effort to broaden my two daughters exposure to what it means to be "a girl". the idea of a book about an intelligent, determined and strong willed girl using inguinal and cresting wonderful things was exactly what I was looking for. That is the message I want to show them, and this book takes that theme but ...more
Kristin J.
Jul 01, 2014 Kristin J. rated it really liked it
Rosie Revere, Engineer is a story about a young girl, Rosie, with big dreams. This text highlights creativity and perseverance through a clever rhyming pattern. Although introverted and a bit of an oddball, Rosie dreams of becoming an engineer. She has a passion for inventing gizmos and gadgets, and was once proud of her inventions. However, when her uncle laughs at one of her inventions, Rosie becomes timid and her dreams are somewhat crushed. She works late at night in her attic, away from eve ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Mike rated it it was amazing
Rosie Revere, with her hair tucked into a red polka dot kerchief, has a secret. In her spare time, she's constantly on the look out for discarded trash that she can use in her latest invention. She builds delightful things like snake repelling hats and helium pants (my personal favorite), but she mistakes delighted laughter for contempt.

When her great-great-aunt Rose (also in a polka dot kerchief) comes to visit, Rosie is inspired by their common love machines and adventures (hint: great-great-A
R. C.
Mar 11, 2014 R. C. rated it it was amazing
I got this book because one of the little girls who live in my house told me engineering is a boy thing. Also, the reviews I'd read said it was on the topic of perfectionism, which aforementioned little girl sometimes struggles with.

It did do a good job of not making a big deal of the fact that the engineer in this book is a girl; that's just normal in the book's world. However, it didn't really make clear its anti-perfectionism message, although I could see how it was trying. I really liked it
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“Your brilliant first flop was a raging success! Come on, let's get busy and on to the next!" She handed a notebook to Rosie Revere, who smiled at her aunt as it all became clear. Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.” 3 likes
“Your brilliant first flow was a raging success! Come on, let's get busy and on to the next!" She handed a notebook to Rosie Revere, who smiled at her aunt as it all became clear. Life might have its failures, but this was not it. The only true failure can come if you quit.” 1 likes
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