Benny the Biplane – Fritz Carmichael

       Benny the Biplane – Fritz Carmichael, Atlas Publishing, (9781945033193), 2017

Format: Paperback Picture book

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

What did you like about the book? Benny the Biplane was built to fly during the war. When the war ended, Benny was no longer needed. He was parked in a field until he was purchased by a man to use in a carnival. He was used to perform tricks which he enjoyed until the carnival ended and he was once again un-needed. Benny was then purchased by a woman who used him to drop toys and food to needy children all over the world. The book is appended with historical facts concerning the illustrations.

Anything you did not like about this book? I would have like more information concerning the war he was built for and the job of distributing toys and food to children all over the world. I’m sure children would ask about these. The story seems very sparse.

To whom would you recommend this book? Recommend to kids, aged 4-8 who like historical information about biplanes.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 4/18/2017

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