Suitable for displays of the staid, matter-of-fact sort.

VEHICLES

From the Pop-Up Guide series

From skateboards to space probes, a pop-up panorama of ways to get around.

Each of the 10 tableaux in this French import gathers a thematically unified fleet of vehicles, beginning with buses, cars, utility trucks, commuter trains, and bicycles arrayed in a spacious urban scene. They take readers along to a construction site, a traffic accident (with no visible casualties), a busy highway, a race scene, a crowded waterway, and finally into the sky and beyond. Everywhere except outer space human figures are visible, and Picard casts them as diverse in both age and race. The pop-ups are just two-dimensional cutouts without flaps or moving parts, but the openings are arranged horizontally to make the terraced scenes display well. Poulain adds brief commentary that is as generic as the vehicles themselves (“Marine vehicles are specially built to travel in water”), but both they and the background images are labeled, along with various elements in the settings, from “bale of hay” and “tires” to “Earth” and “Mars.” Some of the scenes have logical integrity, such as the construction site and the accident. At the latter, a variety of expected vehicles converge after a car rams an apartment building. Others are composites, as with the race that seems to involve a Formula One racer, a go-cart, two different kinds of bicycles, an ATV, and a bobsled.

Suitable for displays of the staid, matter-of-fact sort. (Informational pop-up picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 7, 2021

ISBN: 979-1-02760-999-4

Page Count: 20

Publisher: Twirl/Chronicle

Review Posted Online: Aug. 31, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2021

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An absorbing account of a real-life adventure in a series that showcases historical accomplishments of women.

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A RACE AROUND THE WORLD

THE TRUE STORY OF NELLIE BLY & ELIZABETH BISLAND

Rose explores the true story of a race between two accomplished 19th-century women in this children’s book featuring illustrations by Bye.

In 1889, famed reporter Nellie Bly believed that she could circle the globe faster than anyone had before—in less than the 80 days of Jules Verne’s fictional hero. She pitched the story to her boss at the New York World, who, after initial protests, approved her journey. As Bly left New York City, heading east, Cosmopolitan writer Elizabeth Bisland was sent off to the west, with little notice, to race Bly back to the city. In this entry in the She Makes History series, Rose reports the travels of both women in tandem, showing the eastward movement of Bly and the westward travel of Bisland as the reporters encountered successes and setbacks. Rose’s text and Bye’s cartoon-style color images, which accurately and vividly depict the era in detail, allow young readers to get a deeper sense of what living in the late 1800s was like and how travel, by various methods, was very different than it is in the modern day. The extensive text never overwhelms the illustrations, though, and Bye depicts the players in action-oriented poses that propel the story forward. One particularly elegant two-page spread shows the two travelers’ ships literally passing in the night. Rose captures both the wonder of the world as the women experience it as well as the dangers and miseries of their journeys. Her straightforward vocabulary and accessible narration will let young readers immerse themselves in the history. Endnotes offer greater context for the role of women reporters of the era, highlighting the main characters’ tremendous achievements.

An absorbing account of a real-life adventure in a series that showcases historical accomplishments of women. (Informational picture book. 5-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2019

ISBN: 978-0-8075-0010-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Whitman

Review Posted Online: Nov. 15, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 2020

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