'Shorty & Clem Blast Off!' by Michael Slack is a cute addition to Shorty and Clem's adventures. The first book introduced the two best friends who can drive each other crazy but end up loving each other and helping each other out at every turn. This book was more of the same, still in a delightful way. While Clem is busy trying to build a brand new rocketship, his dinosaur friend, Shorty, is eager to do anything he can to speed the process along and show his determination to be part of the process. Despite the hijinks that ensure and the sense of catastrophe that Clem is feeling as a result of Shorty's efforts to help, they come to understand each other better and share in their difficulties and triumphs as they work to get the rocketship off of the ground.
Shorty's incessant chatter about why he is so helpful and who else he has helped as a means of recommending himself to be Clem's partner is very endearing and shows just how young kids can be when they really want to be part of something. Clem is the more rational and focused one, wanting everything to go just as planned, and when it doesn't, he generally isn't calm about it.
A fun and relatable read that kids of all ages will enjoy, 'Shorty & Clem Blast Off' is the perfect story for those who want to see things work out but like the sense of craziness that ends up leading to that outcome.