In one of the first volumes from the nonfiction How It Works series, Macaulay and coauthor Keenan take beginning readers for a ride on a jet plane. Along the way, they discuss technical matters such as lift, drag, thrust, and what makes that clunk sound after takeoff. Opening in the airport with a boy watching his plane arrive at the gate, the light narrative text follows him aboard, shows the plane taking off, and introduces terms such as ailerons and radar. Attractive black line drawings with color tints illustrate the principles of flight as well as scenes on the ground and in the air. Although the cutaway views of the plane and airport are detailed and intriguing, some illustrations, such as the internal view of a jet engine, are complex and more difficult to grasp, even with the accompanying text. The book presumes some knowledge or, maybe better, someone nearby who can answer the questions that are likely to arise. A challenging but worthwhile choice for young readers who are curious about flight. Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
David Macaulay is the author and illustrator of more than twenty-five books including Cathedral, Pyramid, and Castle. His ground-breaking The Way Things Work has become a modern classic. He won the Caldecott Medal for Black and White. He lives in Vermont.