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Violet the Pilot Paperback – September 13, 2016
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"An engaging story of a spunky girl who follows her dreams...Violet is a terrific role model."--School Library Journal
"Breen makes good use of both comedy and perspective in action-packed pictures...This will make a great read-aloud; take it on a trip, and youngsters will happily follow along."--Booklist
"Violet is charming and fearless."--Children's Literature
About the Author
Steve Breen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the San Diego Union Tribune. He has also written and illustrated several popular picture books, including Pug and Doug, Violet the Pilot, and Stick. Steve lives in San Diego, California, with his wife and six children.
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I still give this book four stars, one, because it features an intelligent, kind-hearted girl who excels in a field that is not stereotypically "girly", and two, because the book opens the door to conversations about these problematic issues. I've asked my daughter why she thinks the other kids make fun of Violet, and I take the opportunity to voice my opinion that dumb people tend to make fun of things they don't understand or couldn't accomplish themselves; we've talked about Violet's decision to sacrifice something important to her to save a group of kids who didn't do anything to deserve her help, and the importance of their approval later when, btw, no apologies are offered to Violet.
For me, the book provides an opportunity to talk about the importance of being who you are, of daring to excel despite pushback (a big challenge for girls and women even in 2017), and of giving others' opinion of you, whether it be good or bad, the value it deserves.
My daughter, who is the target audience for this book,absolutely loves it, and I think it's pretty great if I just ignore the unnecessary implications about the value of girls in general.
This book hits on all sorts of important topics including bullying, engineering, community service, and feasibility. The illustrations are super cute. Kids like pictures of people with bugs in their teeth. It’s still unclear to me if the bully twins are also in the boating accident. I’d recommend discussing this with your book club. I find the end of the story takes kind of a strange, unexpected twist that leaves me wondering if it should end differently? Maybe it’s just me.
Families can talk about: What is bullying and what should you say and do? Can kids really build real airplanes that fly out of household objects? Even if you think it will fly, is it a good idea to jump off of anything high? What could happen? What is the FAA? And with young listeners, is Violet a piLot or a piRate?
It was really just about a cool kid being a kid and not doing any weird like falling in love stuff or wishing she was a princess blah blah blahzee stuff. Just a solid kid.