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Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared Paperback – May 23, 2017
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Gr 5–8—This graphic account of the Wright brothers' achievement skimps on biographical details but tells a grand tale of invention, demonstrating how systematic research and experimentation—punctuated with occasional flashes of brilliant insight—can really pay off. Serving as narrator, interviewer, and cheerleader, Orville and Wilbur's younger sister Katharine squires readers from her brothers' childhood encounter with a small rubber band powered "hélicoptère" invented by Alphonse Pénaud through their final triumph, then swoops through a quick history of later aviation, with particular attention to Englishman Frank Whittle's work on turbojets in World War II. She pauses at appropriate points to survey contemporaneous aeronautical progress in France and elsewhere. She also delivers lucid explanations of Newton's laws of motion, aerodynamics, and other significant scientific principles, as well as full, exact specs for each of the Wrights' gliders and powered aircraft. (The small panels of brown and gold color art give way to more freely organized pages of carefully detailed monochrome diagrams and drawings.) Along with nods to many of aviation's other early pioneers, Wilgus and Brooks close with a profile of Katharine Wright herself. VERDICT Inspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers—valuable for its broad picture of aviation's early history and for providing specifics about the technical problems the Wright brothers faced and solved.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Like having a Time Life Science Library in comic books. Which is awesome!" ―Popular Science
"nspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers―valuable for its broad picture of aviation’s early history and for providing specifics about the technical problems the Wright brothers faced and solved." ―School Library Journal
"An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight." ―Kirkus
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Overall, it's still a good book and I look forward to future entries in the series.
The latest installment of Science Comics – Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared takes the series to new heights (literarily and figuratively). This volume of the graphic novel series explores the historical nature of this remarkable subject. Told from the perspective of Katherine Wright, the youngest and the only Wright who graduated from university, she teaches the fundamental principles of early aviation attempts and successes. Like most books in the Science Comics line, this graphic novel is geared toward younger readers. As a primer on the principles of flight, it shines brightly, giving a young child the principles, ideas, glossary and further readings in the field of aerodynamics and the bare basics of turbine jet propulsion.
The story is well told at a fairly brisk pace. A lot of history had to be crammed into a limited number of pages. Wilcus however makes it work, giving the basic information and ‘links’ to the more technical aspects. It shows solid character development of the Wrights and the French and German contemporaries. The dialogue is kept alive as the movement to different scenes and is witty and charming (and often verbose) and propels the ‘science’ behind heavier than air flight. The graphic novel is limited though to the first flying machines, circa early 1900’s to 1911 or thereabouts. It takes a brief look at the first jet propelled airplane, but the focus is on the early attempts in a boom industry.
The artwork is cartoony in a good way. Characters are drawn distinctly and simply, with just enough detail to provide individuality. The art could even be described as ‘airy.’ fitting for the subject materials. Shape is well defined and when details become important, Brooks delivers – making the seemingly difficult concepts easy to understand. Panelation is appropriate and sometimes dissolves into montage or ‘ghost conversations’ (talking heads importing information laid out in diagrammatical fashion). Overall the art is above par, colored well and executed cleanly. Simple to detailed the art reflects what it has to in the story.
Together, art and story in Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared, combine to create quite the educational experience. The graphic novel guides the young reader through the early attempts and the principles that led to modern flight. Complete with a clear illustrations of content, a glossary, further reading (both on the Wright brothers and the Wright sister) this novel is sure to appeal to the budding aeronautical engineer or jet propulsion scientists – or people just interested in the early days of flight. Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared is a entertaining and gratifying read.
Alison Wilgus wrote and Molly Brooks illustrated this brief history of powered flight by heavier-than-air constructions. I was charmed from the beginning, with the choice to have the story narrated by Katharine Wright, sister of the famous airplane inventors the Wright Brothers. Typical of American history instruction, I previously had no idea she existed, let alone that she was so smart, hard-working, and supportive.
There’s some really nice comic technique in her appearances, too, as she’s drawn in the gutters between panels in a faded grey, reminding us she’s our guide, not part of the scenes we’re reading. The overall color scheme is shades of dark greyish blue and a warm brown. It’s surprisingly effective in suggesting a richer palette and gives a feeling of the past, but not a remote one.
Brooks does a terrific job keeping all the inventions believable and the characters in motion. The book covers more than just Orville and Wilbur Wright, with mentions of those who experimented with gliders and French aviators and information on the physics of flight, with plenty of diagrams. The underlying message, beyond how they proceeded with careful determination, is that of the scientific method, with observation and experimentation and small but important advances. (The publisher provided a digital review copy. Review originally posted at ComicsWorthReading.com.)