A Plane Goes Ka-Zoom!

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Planes can do all sorts of things: they can carry people, they can carry pets; their engines roar; their lights twinkle. So join this brother and sister duo as they check out all sorts of planes and fly the friendly skies. An ideal choice for preschoolers, especially those who love vehicles and things that go!

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Overview

Planes can do all sorts of things: they can carry people, they can carry pets; their engines roar; their lights twinkle. So join this brother and sister duo as they check out all sorts of planes and fly the friendly skies. An ideal choice for preschoolers, especially those who love vehicles and things that go!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Having served up tributes to trucks and trains, London and Roche now turn their cataloging and categorizing talents to the machines of the air. As the images fly from airfields to polar regions to the wild blue yonder, readers can savor how planes' infinite variety encompasses not just job descriptions but also acoustic impact ("A plane goes clankety-clank./ A plane goes va-ROOM!/ A plane goes zippety-zooma./ A plane goes ka-ZOOM!") and physical characteristics ("A plane could be silver./ A plane could be blue,"/ A plane could have one propeller,/ or a plane could have two"). Roche's cheery naïf drawings, rendered with Crayola-box vibrancy, may not satiate a kindergarten-age gearhead's craving for detail. But preschoolers should find this book suitably encyclopedic and concur with all the doll-like smiling humans in these pages, that to know planes is indeed to love them. Ages 2–5. (Sept).
From the Publisher
“An engaging choice for young airplane fans.” —Booklist

“The author keeps the pacing brisk and the language both descriptive and tuneful. Roche squarely nails the brightly lit artwork by getting the tilts and angles of the planes just right, whether lifting off or sitting on the ground, while retaining childlike qualities—the energy, the sense of lived fantasy—that befits a place on the refrigerator door. A deft weave of word and image.” —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
It is a beautiful day and the family is outside. The children are playing with toys when a jet flies overhead. A small plane flies over their yard pulling a sign advertising air show that very day. The family decides to go where they see all kids of planes: some with propellers, some that are silver and others are blue. The funny noises that planes make are also given, like "zippety-zooma" and "clankety-clank." Then the family goes to the airport to watch passengers and military planes load luggage. They see how the cargo is sorted and how pets can travel. The children see how a big truck can also be loaded on a plane. Before their day is over, the family boards a small prop plane and all get a ride. This book is well written and in just a few words on each plane the author is able to describe all the uses of many kinds of aircraft. The illustrations are great and add much to the book even thought they are very simple. There is even a bird tucked into the seat with the children. The text rhymes and would be a great book to use for teaching sounds to a young reader. This is the kind of book that readers can look at over and over again and noticing something new each time. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal
Pres-Gr 1—A family goes to the local air show, then heads to the airport to watch passenger and military planes load luggage and assorted cargo, and finally boards a small prop plane for a ride. Rhyming text describes the sounds of and uses for a variety of aircraft. Bright and uncluttered illustrations in gouache are pleasing to the eye and perfect for engaging children in the story. Following in the jet trails of the pair's A Train Goes Clickety-Clack (2007) and A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa (2005, both Holt), this title will be a hit with young transportation fans.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews

London's rhymed text is easy to follow, easy to read and, importantly, easy to engage; like the subject, it lifts young readers and carries them off. "A plane could fly fast. / A plane could fly slow. / A plane could fly high... / ...or very, very low," as a barnstormer swoops through a barn, rattling everything in its wake—ka-ZOOM! It is all quite simple here: Planes come in different colors, sizes, shapes; they do different things ("A plane carries people. / A plane carries pets. / A plane carries trucks. / A plane carries jets"), make different sounds, like zippety-zooma and va-ROOM, and they can land on snow and water as well as at the airport. The author keeps the pacing brisk and the language both descriptive and tuneful. Roche squarely nails the brightly lit artwork by getting the tilts and angles of the planes just right, whether lifting off or sitting on the ground, while retaining childlike qualities—the energy, the sense of lived fantasy—that befits a place on the refrigerator door. A deft weave of word and image. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805089707
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 410,106
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan London is the author of A Train Goes Clickety-Clack, A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa, and more than eighty books for young readers, including Wiggle Waggle, and the ever-popular Froggy books. He lives with his family in Graton, California.

Denis Roche is a former school teacher, and the illustrator of A Train Goes Clickety-Clack, A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa. She has written and illustrated many books for young readers, including Best Class Picture Ever! and Little Pig Is Capable. She lives with her family in Providence, Rhode Island.

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