Friday My Radio Flyer Flew

Overview

What do you do with an old red wagon?

Well, that depends. If the wagon in question is a strust old Radio Flyer discovered while exploring the attic with your dad, and if you have a penchant for flying machines, then you may have just found the perfect way to get your dreams off the ground.

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Overview

What do you do with an old red wagon?

Well, that depends. If the wagon in question is a strust old Radio Flyer discovered while exploring the attic with your dad, and if you have a penchant for flying machines, then you may have just found the perfect way to get your dreams off the ground.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2- On Saturday a boy discovers his father's old Radio Flyer in the attic. As the week progresses, he thinks of flying and builds wings for the wagon, which break off when he tries to take off on a wooden ramp. His father is a continual presence-pulling him in the wagon, working beside him in the garage, running to see about him when he crashes, and, finally, sharing his flight of imagination. Subtle alliteration moves the story through the week, as in "Wednesday was wet./We had to wait." Full-color spreads are oversize and beautifully done in oil paints. Still, they scarcely contain Pullen's powerful images of a young boy working out his dream of flying. The boy's head is large, his face is expressive, and he bears an unmistakable resemblance to his dad. The final spread-father and son together in the Radio Flyer, their eyes closed, their arms outstretched, their bodies tilted as if in flight-is take-your-breath-away wonderful. This is a strong first purchase, affirming the bond between boys and their fathers as well as the power of imagination.-Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Kirkus Reviews
The possibilities of the little red wagon have captured the imagination of children for decades. This sparely told but visually dramatic tribute to Radio Flyers reflects those red-wagon reveries. The story begins one Saturday when a boy unearths his father's old Radio Flyer as they explore the attic's treasures. After much scheming and dreaming (and a few tumbles), the now-goggled boy's ready by the following Friday to give the old wagon a test run in the sky: "I focused . . . / . . . and my Radio Flyer . . . / . . . flew . . . / . . . and flew . . . / . . . and flew!" Every "flew" represents a new double-page spread featuring the boy, then the boy and his dad, eyes closed, vrooming through the sky with the Radio Flyer. Pullen's artful oil paintings zoom in and out on the father and son in exaggerated, distorting perspectives, emphasizing the boy's expressive face and his dad in gleeful moments. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416939832
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,428,648
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Zachary Pullen's witty, character-oriented illustrations have been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times Book Review, and the Wall Street Journal. He hails from beneath the big skies of Wyoming — a fact clearly evident in these paintings — and currently lives in upstate New York with his wife, Renate. This is his first picture book.

Zachary Pullen's witty, character-oriented illustrations have been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times Book Review, and the Wall Street Journal. He hails from beneath the big skies of Wyoming — a fact clearly evident in these paintings — and currently lives in upstate New York with his wife, Renate. This is his first picture book.

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