Jumbo: The Making of the Boeing 747

Roaring Brook. Aug. 2020. 48p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781250155801.
K-Gr 3–Gall marks the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747 with a wonderfully illustrated picture book about the plane’s history and an overview of aerodynamics. The text explains the huge undertaking involved in building the Boeing 747, aka the “Jumbo Jet,” and how it allowed more people to fly less expensively. The aerodynamics of how to fly the large plane are examined, and the uniqueness of the plane’s construction is detailed. Throughout the book, a young girl explains the concepts with everyday examples, such as how holding your hand out of a car window creates drag. Overall, the book is well organized and easy to follow. Gall provides enough information to excite younger readers without overwhelming them. His dynamic illustrations will have children marveling for hours at the plane’s awe-inspiring details.
VERDICT This informative picture book is a fantastic purchase for all libraries and is destined to be loved by young airplane enthusiasts.

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