For the 50th anniversary of the Boeing 747's first commercial flight, a picture book about the development of the iconic passenger plane and how it changed the history of air travel.
In 1968, the biggest passenger jet the world had ever seen premiered in Everett, Washington. The giant plane was called the Boeing 747, but reporters named it "the Jumbo jet."
There was only one problem. It couldn't fly. Yet.
Jumbo details the story of the world's first wide body passenger jet, which could hold more people than any other plane at the time and played a pivotal role in allowing middle class families to afford overseas travel. Author and illustrator Chris Gall, himself a licensed pilot, shows how an innovative design, hard work by countless people, and ground-breaking engineering put the Jumbo jet in the air.
On January 22, 1970, the Boeing 747 made its first transatlantic flight, taking passengers from New York to Paris in seven hours.
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.—Katherine Rao, Palos Verdes Lib. Dist., CACopyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Between its first flight in 1970 and its last in 2018, the Boeing 747 "transported the equivalent of 78 percent of the world's population." It's an incredible statistic, but a fraught legacy given the realities of climate change. Gall avoids any discussion of the 747's ecological consequences, centering instead the engineering challenge Boeing faced in designing the world's largest passenger plane, then building it in just 28 months per the demands of Pan American Airlines. Incisive explanations of concepts such as gravity, lift, drag, and thrust; turbojets; the design process; and plane construction ("over 4.5 million pieces in a 747!") shine alongside lucid, highly detailed realistic color illustrations and schematics peppered with plane parts, cross-sections, and relatable images, such as a girl braking a bike to depict hydraulics. Gall's attention to detail dazzles, but the institutional-feeling narrative never quite soars. Includes "Fun Facts," a glossary, and an author's note about building a plane. Ages 5-8. (Aug.)Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
Praise for Go for the Moon: A Rocket, A Boy, and the First Moon Landing
Gall uses approachable analogies to illuminate STEAM concepts, and an author's note recalls Gall's experience watching the moon landing as a child, further personalizing this edifying and heartfelt story. - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
Gall balances densely explanatory pages with wide-angle scenes filled with tension and drama. - The New York Times
The final double-page spread is a stunning, vertiginous view of the boy's next generation of homemade rockets lifting off. A solid addition to the growing collection of fine volumes about Apollo 11. - Kirkus
[Gall's] enthusiasm for rocketry shines brightly in loving attention to hardware detail in the art, with human participants rendered as merely necessary adjuncts. - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Recommended for science classes and school and public library collections. - School Library Journal
The large trim size places the focus on the richly colored illustrations, which chart and diagram each phase of the journey and return. - Booklist