Transportation – by Gail Gibbons

  Transportation – by Gail Gibbons, Holiday House, (9780823434251), 2017.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

What did you like about the book? A thorough overview of transportation is provided in this earnest, utilitarian catalog of cars, trains, aircraft, and boats. Think Richard Scarry, but less cluttered and minus the whimsy. The text is mundane, “Jet planes come in many sizes and have powerful jet engines.” Each form of transport is shown in many formats. For instance, the ‘pleasure boats’ page shows a yacht, sailboat, kayak, and canoe. The color palate is attractive. A final page shows signs, signals, and aids for each kind of transport (ex: traffic lights, lighthouses, and runway markings).

Anything you didn’t like about it?  There was no sense of wonder about the amazing vehicles that humans have developed.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to youngsters (toddlers to about first grade) who like books that display and label bunches of related items.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with books about general transportation in 388.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/11/17

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