Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* 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. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews

Lyon packs an impressive dose of aeronautical vocabulary into her succinct survey of "bi-planes / tri-planes / gotta-love-the-sky planes..." Segueing into planes' uses and "your" possible journey, Lyon hints at science ("air holds you") and outlines an experience that Wiggins brings to life using sweeping spreads, saturated colors, and clear compositions. Strategic generalizations and wealth of significant detail add up to a winning introduction.

Horn Book Magazine Reviews

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 long Copyright 2013 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews

Newcomer Wiggins's luminous artwork is an inspired choice for this celebration of airplanes, a companion to 2007's Trucks Roll! Crisp silhouettes and pale blue skies convey sleekness and speed, while the retro imagery suggests a series of vintage travel posters. Lyon's simple verse provides the scaffolding for powerful images: "Big air buses/ room-for-all-of-us-es./ Planes fly!" To accompany this, Wiggins draws a head-on portrait of a massive, gracefully contoured jet wing, drawn with a dynamism that reveals it as the masterpiece of 20th-century design that it is. Small details don't escape Wiggins's notice, either; in another spread, a wide-eyed boy is served dinner ("Eat a little snack") while a paunchy middle-aged passenger snores across the aisle ("Take a little nap"). Lyon describes the characteristics of flight and the different uses of airplanes, supplying plenty of official-sounding jargon to satisfy kids' thirst for information: "Rudders, flaps/ ailerons, tail/ steer the plane/ around storms or hail." But it's Wiggins's ability to draw absorbing and dramatic stories from each of Lyon's telegraphic phrases that makes this book soar. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July)

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PW Annex Reviews

Newcomer Wiggins's luminous artwork is an inspired choice for this celebration of airplanes, a companion to 2007's Trucks Roll! Crisp silhouettes and pale blue skies convey sleekness and speed, while the retro imagery suggests a series of vintage travel posters. Lyon's simple verse provides the scaffolding for powerful images: "Big air buses/ room-for-all-of-us-es./ Planes fly!" To accompany this, Wiggins draws a head-on portrait of a massive, gracefully contoured jet wing, drawn with a dynamism that reveals it as the masterpiece of 20th-century design that it is. Small details don't escape Wiggins's notice, either; in another spread, a wide-eyed boy is served dinner ("Eat a little snack") while a paunchy middle-aged passenger snores across the aisle ("Take a little nap"). Lyon describes the characteristics of flight and the different uses of airplanes, supplying plenty of official-sounding jargon to satisfy kids' thirst for information: "Rudders, flaps/ ailerons, tail/ steer the plane/ around storms or hail." But it's Wiggins's ability to draw absorbing and dramatic stories from each of Lyon's telegraphic phrases that makes this book soar. Ages 4–7. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (July)

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School Library Journal Reviews

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

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