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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Boy and the Airplane - Mark Pett

Release Date - April 2013

Mark Pett
Simon and Schuster for Young Readers

Book Review by Bob Walch

There is no text to explain what is happening in The Boy and the Airplane. The reader will have to look at the illustrations and provide his or her own storyline. Summarizing the action here, you’ll see a small child playing with his toy airplane. Then, unfortunately, the plane ends up on the roof of a house and the child can’t climb up to retrieve it.

The downcast child is sitting under a tree, perhaps thinking about his airplane, when a seed pod whirls down from the branches above. The youngster plants it close to the house.

With the passage of time the child becomes an adult and the seedling becomes a mature tree. Finally an old man with a white beard climbs the large tree and retrieves his airplane that is still there and intact after all these years. Playing with the toy now doesn’t seem to provide him with much pleasure, so the old fellow gives the plane to a little girl. End of story!

Make of it what you will. this is a picture book that demands you and/or your child invent the story to accompany the sepia illustrations. Perhaps this will be fun – perhaps not. You’ll have to make of it what you will. On the other hand, giving this book to an older child or an adult might elicit a much different response or reaction to the drawings. This little boy will “speak” to each reader in a different way so make of this book what you will.

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