This 32 page toddler to first grade picture book at first appears to be just another book praising Allah’s creation from the ground level up to the heavens as the main character is a personified rocket ship. However, I was delighted to see that after a few pages the book goes deeper in both Islamic messaging and in literary action. Told in rhyme, Little Rocket will face dangerous comets, make desperate humbled duas for help, be rescued by Officer Cosmo, show gratitude, and grow in his imaan and understanding of Allah’s creation and mercy. With a guide at the end to further involve children in the lessons of the book, and a glossary; the bright glossy illustrations will give little Muslims important well woven in lessons in a fun story packaging.
Little Rocket is about to take off from his little town, it is his first flight, so he is a little nervous. A little dhikr calms his heart and bismillah he is off. He prayers for courage as he looks down and sees so many of Allah’s creations.
As he enters space the colors of Earth become the dark sky full of stars and planets that do not fall. Careful not to get too close to the burning sun. Little Rocket wants to keep heading toward Neptune, but needs to take a rest on a rocky moon. As he drifts off to sleep in the quiet of space he is abruptly awoken by comets hitting the surface.
Little Rocket is hit and the ash is thick from the destruction. He gets stuck from falling debris and prays to Allah swt for help. A brave blue rocket, Officer Cosmo, hears something, and comes to Little Rocket’s aid. SubhanAllah Officer Cosmo is able to save a very grateful Little Rocket.
Little Rocket heads home feeling closer to Allah swt then he did when he left that morning and knows that “There is none worthy of Worship, but Allah.”
The power of Dua saved the day and with concepts and vocabulary of space all combined in a story with a sweet plot, this book will be requested over and over, and inshaAllah help little ones to appreciate and trust Allah always.