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Flying Cars
ISBN: 9780618984824
Author: Glass, Andrew
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: August 2015
Retail: $17.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: "Flying cars are real! This book for young readers combines history, biography, technology, and humor in a breezy survey of hybrid vehicles and the dream of flight that kept inventors at work despite many failures and the dictates of common sense"--
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | Inventions
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Aviation
Library of Congress Subjects:
Flying automobiles; History; Juvenile literature.
Flying automobiles; Technological innovations; Juvenile literature.
Inventors; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 629.04
LCCN: 2014027740
Lexile Measure: 1340
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.25" L x 1.00" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Science, Middle School
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Fall)
In this enthusiastic overview, young readers are introduced to a number of attempts to create a car that could also serve as a viable aircraft. Each chronological entry discusses the technology of an inventor's attempted design; features diagrams and archival photos, advertisements, and media clips; and offers reasons these vehicles never really caught on. Bib., glos., ind.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 April)

Gr 5–8—Despite the promises of movies such as Back to the Future II, most of us do not ride in flying cars as of 2015. Glass explains why not in this intriguing work of history. Readers learn about many intriguing airplane-car hybrids, such as the Airphibian, invented by Robert Fulton, who flew his vehicle at 110 miles per hour, landed it, single-handedly converted it into a car in under five minutes, then "drove the convertible proudly into Manhattan at a breezy 55 miles per hour." These stories of invention are undeniably appealing, although Glass's storytelling sometimes obscures the history, and extraneous details occasionally distract from the book's focus. The author does not explicitly define the difference between a flying car and a plane with wheels. This distinction only becomes clear after a few chapters, and readers may be put off by lengthy technical descriptions. While a brief glossary follows the text, terms like carburetor, piston, gondola, and horsepower are not defined. VERDICT This flawed but fascinating book is best suited to larger collections and communities with strong interest in cars or aviation.—Rachel Anne Mencke, St. Matthew's Parish School, Pacific Palisades, CA

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