PLANES GO! by Steve Light
Kirkus Star

PLANES GO!

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Age Range: 0 - 2

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eight flying machines whoosh across Light’s extra-wide board-book pages.

“The seaplane goes, GGRRRRRRRRRRRRR Putt Putt Putt SSSPLAAASHH! // The helicopter goes, PITTATATTATA PITTATATTATA PITTATATTATA.” Readers continue their onomatopoeic journey via jumbo jet, propeller plane, fighter plane and, despite the title, a couple of contraptions that aren’t exactly planes, such as a blimp. Light’s gestural watercolors in bold colors against white backgrounds capture the planes clearly in profile, but as in Trains Go, Trucks Go and Diggers Go, the blocky type in a rainbow of colors animating the expressive text is what propels readers forward. Would-be readers will probably want to give the book a test flight before sharing it with little ones due to the multiple consonants and vowels. While the reference may be a little dated, the inclusion of the space shuttle provides a welcome change in the playful text as well as the book’s orientation: “The space shuttle goes... 3 2 1 LIFT-OFF!”

High-flying fun. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Aug. 12th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4521-2899-3
Page count: 16pp
Publisher: Chronicle
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




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