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Planes Fly! by [George Ella Lyon, Mick Wiggins]

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LYON, George Ella. Planes Fly! illus. by Mick Wiggins. 40p. S & S/Atheneum/Richard Jackson Bks. July 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5025-7; ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-5026-4. LC 2012030310.

PreS-K–Lyon takes off to the sky with this exuberant book. Jaunty, bouncing-off-the-tongue rhyming text names aircraft parts, lists different kinds of planes, and describes passenger air-travel experiences, repeating the upbeat refrain, “Planes fly!” throughout. Wiggins’s retro-style illustrations amplify the cheerful tone with bright, bold colors and strong, streamlined images. A wonderfully diverse cast of passengers in the aerobus includes a nervous little girl and a little boy. Everything radiates excitement, safety, and competence–even the ominous thunder clouds part for a plane’s passage. A reassuring rundown of events that happen between buckling the seatbelt and touching down for landing (including a snack and a nap) makes this title helpful to those new to flying, but it just might fly off the shelves where transportation books are in high demand.–Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY (School Library Journal)

Imagination takes flight in this masterfully illustrated, bouncing verse for the plane-obsessed.

Beautifully composed drawings thrill, as biplanes, jet planes, prop planes and seaplanes take to the skies. Wiggins applies an old travel poster aesthetic to his digital illustrations—and delivers on their promise of adventure, enticing readers into the world of air travel. Soaring into a vast blue sky, he captures the feeling of unlimited space, the freedom of flying. When they are on the ground, his planes are epic, mammoth machines. Even in a storm—with the light bouncing through clouds, illuminating the plane from underneath—the effect is idyllic. His choices, from a warm palette, excellent use of pattern and a texture that alludes to the use of linen paper, make everything about this journey feel special. Lyon’s informative, rhyming text touches on the mechanical (from plane parts and types) as well as the emotional (the experiences of both pilot and passenger). Her verse goes beyond enumerating a plane’s basic purposes to affirming the spirit of flight and exploration: “Climb through clouds / heading for blue— / just like a bird. / Air holds you.”

This exciting invitation to take to the air is one energetic and entertaining journey for adventurers and aviation lovers alike. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews)

“For children intrigued by flight, Lyon has written an energetic and exciting book in rhyme about planes of all sorts: ‘Bi-planes/tri-planes/gotta-love-the-sky planes/Prop planes/jet planes/how-fast-can-you-get planes.’ With the look of 1930s travel posters, Wiggins’s intensely colored pictures show planes at their most glamorous, zipping between storm clouds and swooping low over forest fires. Even the in-flight snacks look appealing. Perhaps the golden age of travel isn’t over after all.” (New York Times Book Review, Children's Bookshelf)

"Lyon takes off to the sky with this exuberant book. Jaunty, bouncing-off-the-tongue rhyming text names aircraft parts, lists different kinds of planes, and describes passenger air-travel experiences, repeating the upbeat refrain, “Planes fly!” throughout. Wiggins’s retro-style illustrations amplify the cheerful tone with bright, bold colors and strong, streamlined images. A wonderfully diverse cast of passengers in the aerobus includes a nervous little girl and a little boy. Everything radiates excitement, safety, and competence–even the ominous thunder clouds part for a plane’s passage. A reassuring rundown of events that happen between buckling the seatbelt and touching down for landing (including a snack and a nap) makes this title helpful to those new to flying, but it just might fly off the shelves where transportation books are in high demand." (School Library Journal, July 2013)

* “Imagination takes flight in this masterfully illustrated, bouncing verse for the plane-obsessed.

Beautifully composed drawings thrill, as biplanes, jet planes, prop planes and seaplanes take to the skies. Wiggins applies an old travel poster aesthetic to his digital illustrations—and delivers on their promise of adventure, enticing readers into the world of air travel. Soaring into a vast blue sky, he captures the feeling of unlimited space, the freedom of flying. When they are on the ground, his planes are epic, mammoth machines. Even in a storm—with the light bouncing through clouds, illuminating the plane from underneath—the effect is idyllic. His choices, from a warm palette, excellent use of pattern and a texture that alludes to the use of linen paper, make everything about this journey feel special. Lyon’s informative, rhyming text touches on the mechanical (from plane parts and types) as well as the emotional (the experiences of both pilot and passenger). Her verse goes beyond enumerating a plane’s basic purposes to affirming the spirit of flight and exploration: “Climb through clouds / heading for blue— / just like a bird. / Air holds you.”

This exciting invitation to take to the air is one energetic and entertaining journey for adventurers and aviation lovers alike.
(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2013, *STARRED REVIEW)

“For children intrigued by flight, Lyon has written an energetic and exciting book in rhyme about planes of all sorts: ‘Bi-planes/tri-planes/gotta-love-the-sky planes/Prop planes/jet planes/how-fast-can-you-get planes.’ With the look of 1930s travel posters, Wiggins’s intensely colored pictures show planes at their most glamorous, zipping between storm clouds and swooping low over forest fires. Even the in-flight snacks look appealing. Perhaps the golden age of travel isn’t over after all.” (The New York Times Book Review, July 14, 2013)

Planes Fly!

by George Ella Lyon; illus. by Mick Wiggins

Preschool, Primary Jackson/Atheneum 40 pp.

7/13 978-1-4424-5025-7 $17.99

e-book ed. 978-1-4424-5026-4 $12.99

Lyon packs an impressive dose of aeronautical vocabulary into her succinct survey of “bi-planes / tri-planes / gotta-love-the-sky planes. / Prop planes / jet planes / how-fast-can-you-get planes”—a vocabulary that’s neatly explicated in Wiggins’s sweeping spreads in which, for example, he underlines the loopy acrobatics of three “prop planes” with the straight contrail line of a needle-nosed jet. Meanwhile, leaving most of the defining of terms to a reader-aloud or knowledgeable tot, the author neatly shoehorns such things as “rudders, flaps / ailerons, tail” and “headset, radar / schedule, phone” into her jaunty verse. Segueing into planes’ uses and “your” possible journey, Lyon hints at science (“air holds you”) and outlines an experience that Wiggins brings to graphic life with deftly varied passengers in a pleasantly spacious aircraft interior; landscapes from the air; and a sunset lingering over city lights. His saturated colors, clarity of composition, strategic generalizations, and wealth of significant detail add up to a winning introduction that’s nicely capped by Lyon’s extension of the idea that “world’s mighty big / but there’s just one sky / and it’s yours to travel. / Planes fly!” joanna rudge







(The Horn Book)

From the opening sky-blue endpapers, showing the looping paths of paper airplanes launched by silhouetted children, to the concluding endpapers, in which a variety of planes trace similar looping patterns in the sky, this beautifully designed picture book focuses on flight. After introducing many types of aircraft, their purposes, and some of their features, it brings the viewer on board for the experience of flying in a passenger plane. Lyon’s rhyming text includes staccato lines that name types of flying machines and communicate the experience of flight, alongside original, childlike phrases, such as “Hand-built gliders / take-you-for-a-riders. / Big air buses / room-for-all-of-us-es.” The text leaves plenty of room for illustration, and Wiggins takes full advantage of it in a series of striking images depicting planes in flight, airplane and airport personnel, and a diverse group of passengers. The digital illustrations include a variety of lovely textured effects suggesting light, shadow, and movement. Color is used for beauty and dramatic effect in some scenes, for warmth or definition in others, and in one double-page spread, to create a modern landscape of farmland and mountains as viewed from the air. Children intrigued by flight will enjoy every page of this dynamic picture book. (Booklist)

"From the opening sky-blue endpapers, showing the looping paths of paper airplanes launched by silhouetted children, to the concluding endpapers, in which a variety of planes trace similar looping patterns in the sky, this beautifully designed picture book focuses on flight. After introducing many types of aircraft, their purposes, and some of their features, it brings the viewer on board for the experience of flying in a passenger plane. Lyon’s rhyming text includes staccato lines that name types of flying machines and communicate the experience of flight, alongside original, childlike phrases, such as “Hand-built gliders / take-you-for-a-riders. / Big air buses / room-for-all-of-us-es.” The text leaves plenty of room for illustration, and Wiggins takes full advantage of it in a series of striking images depicting planes in flight, airplane and airport personnel, and a diverse group of passengers. The digital illustrations include a variety of lovely textured effects suggesting light, shadow, and movement. Color is used for beauty and dramatic effect in some scenes, for warmth or definition in others, and in one double-page spread, to create a modern landscape of farmland and mountains as viewed from the air. Children intrigued by flight will enjoy every page of this dynamic picture book." (Booklist, STARRED REVIEW)

About the Author

George Ella Lyon is the author of Trucks Roll!Planes Fly!, and Boats Float!, cowritten with her son Benn. Among George Ella’s other books are the ALA Notable All the Water in the World and What Forest Knows. A novelist and poet, she lives with her family in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit her online at GeorgeEllaLyon.com.

Mick Wiggins is an award-winning illustrator living and working in Little Rock, Arkansas. His work can be found in George Ella Lyon’s Planes Fly! and at MickWiggins.com.

Product details

  • File Size : 17090 KB
  • Publication Date : July 23, 2013
  • Print Length : 40 pages
  • Publisher : Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B00BAWBNKI
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Not Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22 ratings