From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–When Jack receives a toy pilot and an airplane kit for Christmas, he plays with them all year long, until an autumn storm blows Captain Sky Blue into the ocean. After an encounter with a whale and an iceberg, Sky finds himself back in Santa's headquarters. Helping the big man pilot his sleigh through fierce weather, he is finally reunited with Jack on Christmas morning. Yes, the plot is a bit choppy (that transition from ocean floor to Santa's toy factory, for instance) and underdeveloped, but the energetic text is full of colorful pilot terminology (“spooled up” for excited), and the large pages highlight Egielski's usual clean and colorful illustrations. Not an essential purchase, but fine for kids who are wired for action.Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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On Christmas morning, Jack meets his “best toy pal,” Captain Sky Blue, a pilot figurine who springs from his box and salutes his new friend. Together, Jack and Sky build a plane from a kit and send Sky on aerial missions. Then lightning destroys the little aircraft, and Sky parachutes away but is blown far from home. Egielski’s action-packed artwork hits its full, fantastical stride in the subsequent scenes, which follow Sky deep into the ocean, where he explores both a whale’s belly and a submarine, until a magic elevator sends him straight into the dry haven of Santa’s workshop. After repackaging himself as a gift for Jack, Sky faces one more perilous flight: he helps Santa steer his sleigh through a driving storm safely to Jack’s house, where the friends joyfully reunite. Piling scenes on with the rapid-fire, “and-then-and-then” rhythm of a young child telling a story, this gleefully silly adventure tale, filled with pilotspeak (“Check six!” “Throttle back!”), all defined in a glossary, will easily please fans of Mini Grey’s Traction Man books. Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg