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On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book about Rockets

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A countdown from twelve to one as a space shuttle awaits liftoff. Readers are invited to find hidden numbers on an illustrated activity page.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Picture Window Books
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Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
We brought home a ton of space books. Of all of them, this one was the winner he kept coming back to. I liked it too. Sometimes a nice simple picture book is a relief after reading lengthy board books with like The Little Cub which has paragraphs and paragraphs on it's 32 pages. Read this and several others like it 15 times a day and your voice will be so happy for something simple. Too bad the book had several tears in it before it got to us, and I didn't keep it more than a few days because I ...more
Last minute cover for E.'s Toddler storytime (space theme). Quick glance through and I thought this book would be good. Had some counting we could do, and good lead in to Zoom Zoom Zoom rhyme. ...more
Mama Bibliosoph
Beginning with 12, we count down to blast off as a rocket is readied for launch. Turning the book 90 degrees on the final page for a vertically aligned BLAST OFF! adds a bit of interest.

This is a standard counting down book, designed to teach early number skills. Each number is given at the side of the page in a repeating format as a numeral, a word, and in dots (for subitizing). There is also some number of things to count within the illustration itself as part of the narrated story ("EIGHT tru
Jun 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book of counting! With twos, we mostly read and counted, though as a child grows, more could be learned about the science and technology portion and what the objects in the book do. Some research might be required! :)
A twelve-to-one rocket countdown picture book. Focusing on the preparations for a rocket to blastoff, each double page spread has items to count with the matching number to locate. There is also information and resources at the back of the book that will add to the book's usefulness. ...more
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great book for little future astronauts! My kids loved finding the hidden number on each page and seeing all the different aspects and jobs associated with space travel. Matisse fans will appreciate the work that went into the illustrations. Great job Dahl, Alderman and Shea!
Miss Sarah
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A toddler and up book about a rocket being prepared to launch in a countdown of actvities from 12 to 1.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Colorful astronaut counting book!
Alyssa Tabor
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Perfect for storytime!
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: space
I like how each number presents facets of a rocket launch. I enjoy the art and have found it fun to see where the artist has hidden each of the twelve numbers. It is a nice counting book which exposes readers to different people & elements that are part of a rocket launch. It is also a very inclusive book with men and women of different ethnicity portrayed. At the end of the book is one long page and you can see the finished product the rocket ship. Children are engaged with this book counting t ...more
Round Lake Area Public Library
Kids love rockets and space and this is a great book that shows how the rockets are prepared for launch. The colors and illustrations are simple yet fun and kids will enjoy the countdown to liftoff.

This is a great book that works on counting but instead of counting up this book counts down which is a nice change for kids. Another thing kids can do with this book is find the hidden numbers throughout the pages. This is a great book for toddlers to enjoy.
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Here's a fun little book that counts backward from 12 during the preparation for the launch of a rocket. In On the Launch Pad by Michael Dahl, younger space fans will enjoy exploring the simple colorful illustrations by Derrick alderman and Denise Shea. Fun Facts and a list of hidden numbers can be found on the back page. There is a website listed as well where you can find websited related to the book. ...more
Alyce Dougan
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: math, picture-book
On the Launch Pad is a wonderful counting book about rockets. I liked how at the end of the book it offers fun facts and tell you about the other counting books in this series. I would recommend this book to children aged 3-6.
Good counting practice, the simplicity of the illustration allows kids to focus on counting each object while still learning space vocab. I liked how there was the written number as well as the number printed on each page.
Kevin Huot
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
This book is about how rockets are prepped and how they launch. I enjoyed this book because it explains in very basic terms how a rocket gets ready for blast off. I would use this book to talk to younger children and help them begin to understand how the rocket blasts off.
Msjennifers Corner
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cute for early readers. The hiding numbers add a little to the sparseness of the text.
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschool
Great book! My 3yo son loved this one!
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
A sure winner for toddler boys!
This is a counting book about the steps taken to launch a rocket. It would work for a counting storytime or a storytime on rockets/outer space.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
we are still getting the hang of this book and all it has to offer, but it's very creative ...more
Tracy Clausen
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
OK as a counting book, nice bright pictures, text is a bit ho-hum.
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Michael Dahl is the author of over 100 children's books. Some of his most popular series are Finnegan Zwake, Library of Doom, and Dragonblood. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a haunted house.

He also writes under aliases Chris Carey, Rick Thomas, and Mark Ziegler.

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