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Weird & Wacky Inventions
Images of unusual inventions are presented with possible uses, explained when the page is turned. They really are wacky but very creative in this fascinating look at creativity.
Kids' Paper Airplane Book
Sophisticated children (or children with an adult) will appreciate the variety of aircraft designs ranging from easy to difficult, silly to complex, and the science behind them. All is presented in easy-to-follow instructions and crisp diagrams.
Thunder Birds: Nature's Flying Predators
The author/illustrator's enthusiasm for the birds he observes is contagious in this artful and informative look at various birds of prey. Several pages fold out to showcase the splendor of these amazing flyers.
Everything Goes in the Air
Follow a boy and his parents to the airport, on the plane, and through a bit of aviation history for an informative look at flying. Cartoon illustrations and information in bubbles and sidebars in an oversized format make this book just right for multiple examinations.
Commander Toad in Space
Sort-of-serious illustrations are perfect for this comical parody of familiar science fiction films. The brave commander of the Star Warts spacecraft is a Toad who saves his ship from the dangers of a watery planet and its resident monster, Deep Wader.
Commander Toad and the Space Pirates
Commander Toad and the crew of the Star Warts are back, this time to confront villainous space pirates. As in other Commander Toad books, puns and silliness are complemented by humorous illustrations.
Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart
Ruth Elder was a beauty queen but in 1927 she showed her pluck when she and a copilot took off for Paris. Though she didn't make it that time, she continued to demonstrate that women were fine pilots and could fly solo. Ruth's early life and aviation is fascinatingly revealed through evocative narration and illustration.
The Kite that Bridged Two Nations
Homan Walsh wanted to win the prize for flying his kite, Union, from one side the Niagara River to the other — the first step in building a bridge connecting Canada and the U.S. Stylized paintings and simple text tell a powerful story (based in fact) of persistence and hope.
Drones: From Insect Spy Drones to Bomber Drones
Drones — "remotely operated vehicles" — have changed the military and now may even change the way packages are delivered. Full color photographs and illustrations and brief text introduce a large number of different drones and their uses.
Lighter than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot
Sophie admired Jean-Pierre Blanchard, the first man to cross the English Channel in a hot air balloon. She would marry him and become the first woman to first fly solo in a balloon after her husband’s death. Colorful illustrations dramatically bring 18th century France to life; when coupled with an action-paced text Sophie and her bravery come into crisp focus.