Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Pick of the Week: Friday My Radio Flyer Flew

This book appeals to the timeless desire for the possibilities of flight! A young boy finds his father's old radio flyer wagon and begins to work on it to bring it new life. One day the boy decides he wants to turn the wagon into a flying machine and begins to add objects like wings to help in this endeavor. Large-scale oil paintings illustrate the week-long journey with his newfound toy. The scale of the illustrations enhance the larger-than-life classic childhood dream. There's plenty of alliteration in the story "...and by twilight my Flyer twinkled. But Wednesday was wet. We had to wait." The boy's father works alongside him in the garage and right there helping at the end - with a fantastic, thrilling glide into the air!

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