From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3 Less a story than an excuse to expound on different types of planes and helicopters, this paean to flying machines will resonate with young transportation lovers. Ellie and her brother travel to an air show in their dad's plane, where Ellie gets a ride in a stunt plane. The facts about helicopters, jet engines, and the Blue Angels are clumsily loaded into the text, but young airplane aficionados are unlikely to notice among the bold, busy illustrations and foldout pages. The oversize picture-book format and Neubecker's bright, carefully detailed cartoon illustrations combine to provide the expansive, exciting feel of an air show, and the artist makes use of multiple perspectives to show planes from every angle. Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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This trip to an air show is in the same visual tradition as Richard Scarry's Great Big Air Book, although the text here is less inspired. Actor and pilot Williams' story follows a sister and brother, Ellie and Gill, as their father flies them to the show, gives them the grand tour, and surprises Ellie with a trip in a stunt plane. Both characters are familiar types: Gill is a “know-it-all” (“The B-17's engines had 4800 horsepower”), and Ellie is a determined go-getter who plans to become a pilot for the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels (“I could do that, and someday I will”). It's Neubecker's artwork that really shines here, beginning with the endpapers, which depict the control panel of a Piper plane. The large-scale, double-page spreads pack in interest, and the foldout which features almost two-dozen aircraft, from a 1916 Spad to a 2009 Boeing 787, provides enough detail for aviation buffs to pore over for hours. With different angles and perspectives, both aerial and terrestrial, the standout art makes this well worth the ride. Preschool-Grade 2. --Andrew Medlar