I Wish I Were a Pilot

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The bright, vivid illustrations in this title take children through an imaginary exploration of the different modes of transportation. These illustrations have many different children at the helm of each rowboat, rocket, horse, etc. Therefore, the book allows the child to pretend that he/she is, in fact, the captain in command of the yellow submarine exploring the ocean floor. With one creative sentence for every crisp two-page illustration, the first twenty-four pages are sure to hold the attention of a child ages 2 to 4. The last six pages, however, abruptly abandon the illustrations in favor of two-paragraph histories of the airplane, balloon, race car, tugboat, train, bicycle, rowboat, coach and four, space shuttle, cowboy, and submarine. This gives the back of the book a completely different feel than the front. While the information is interesting for a more advanced reader, it is sure to lose the attention of the young child the front of the book was clearly written for. 2005, Barefoot Books, Ages 2 to 4.
—Jennifer Bishop
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This simple concept book pairs colorful acrylics with lively rhyming text to explore different modes of transportation. Each spread illustrates a wish to pilot, drive, row, ride, etc., with flat yet appealing images of youngsters operating the vehicles. Adults will appreciate the Beatles tribute, "I wish I were the captain/of a yellow submarine," and children will recognize and enjoy images of a cyclist "whizzing down the lane," an astronaut "hurtling into space," a horseback-riding cowboy, and a speedy race car driver. However, a hot-air balloon and a "coach and four" may be beyond the experience of the intended audience. End notes include a brief history for each means of travel. More functional than inspirational, but child-friendly.-Piper L. Nyman, formerly at Fairfield Civic Center Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Rhyming couplets highlight different modes of transportation: "I wish I were an astronaut, hurtling into space. I wish I were a cowboy, with the fresh wind in my face." From the well-known airplane and boat, to the not-so-well-known hot-air balloon and coach and four, the author covers 11 ways that people get around. While most of the modes of transportation highlighted can be paired with an occupation, a few are more recreational in nature-cyclist and rower, for instance. The rhythms and rhymes are spot-on, except for the final one, which forces readers to use the "bean" pronunciation of "been" to rhyme with "submarine." A concluding "On the Move" section presents some fun facts about each mode, except the horse-Blackstone describes the job of a cowboy instead. Grover uses bold colors and puts his large subjects in the foreground, making them stand out. But the stiffness of the people and animals pictured detracts from the artwork. Not the best-or the worst-on the subject. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846861871
  • Publisher: Barefoot Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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