Lacey, Saskia How to Build a Plane: A Soaring Adventure of Mechanics, Teamwork and Friendship, 64 pgs. Illustrated by Martin Sodomka Walter Foster Jr. , 2015 (Quatro). $14.95 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
Eli is a curious mouse and wants to fly. He gets his friends to help him build a plane and takes it out for a ride. He almost crashes the plane, so the friends make some adjustments and take it out for a fun flight in which Eli is happy he is flying.
This sounds like a little kid book, but there are a lot of detailed illustrations that show the different parts of real airplanes with sidebars and explanations. This is a mix of nonfiction and fiction. My five year old told me to stop reading to him about the plane parts because he wanted to know what happened to the mouse and his friends, so I’m not sure who the intended audience is for this book. The illustrations and plane explanations are fantastic and explained the parts in a simple and direct way, but I think the reader who would be interested in the nonfiction part would be older and they would tire of the mouse and his friends part of the story. Interesting idea, but I’m not even sure who to recommend it for.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.