All Aboard the Discovery Express

Emily Hawkins and Tom Adams, illus. by Tom Clohoshy-Cole. Wide Eyed Editions, $27.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-84780-990-2
Conductor Pierre Henri and explorer Nancy Delany serves as readers’ guides aboard the Discovery Express, a time-traveling train that the authors use to dive into the history of transportation. Multiple flaps are incorporated into the pages, lifting to reveal details about transportation milestones and technologies (such as how steam engines and electric motors work), as well as clues designed to help readers solve the mystery of a missing professor. Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop, the Panama Canal, and the North Carolina site of the Wright brothers’ flight are among the locations visited, and Clohoshy-Cole captures these and other settings in cinematic digital illustrations that highlight the excitement and potential surrounding these advancements. It’s an engaging overview of humankind’s attempts to travel faster and farther—and of the pilots, inventors, and dreamers who made those developments possible. Ages 7–10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 08/28/2017
Release date: 09/01/2017
Genre: Children's
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