A picture-book homage to reading.
From his earliest days Lucas is determined to fly. The little white boy spends hours watching birds and airplanes when he’s not trying to make wings for himself—they never work. Every year on his birthday he makes the same wish with no results—until the year his mother puts a book in his hands. “There are other ways to fly, Lucas.” And he’s hooked. Before he knows it, he’s finished all the books in the house, all of the books friends give him, and vans full of books from the library. His sky-high stack of books grows higher and higher, and he becomes famous. People come from all over to see the highest mountain of books in the world. Then one day, all of a sudden, Lucas understands what his mother meant! Even though he can’t fly, his imagination can. The airy illustrations are whimsical, capturing the sensation of flying in softly colored double spreads. Subtle details add to the drollness: a birthday crown made of newsprint and Scotch tape, his sister picking her nose, underwear briefs hanging on a clothesline, a gorilla climbing the pile of books à la King Kong, and a gray cat popping in and out of the scenes.
Kids will appreciate Lucas’ need to read and imagine and also understand the message that there is more than one way to fly. (Picture book. 4-8)