By Prue Mason and Kerry Mason
Illustrated by Tom Jellett
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
April 1, 2017
Australian RRP: $24.99
Daughter of an RAF Lancaster WO/AG and with a dear friend who was a Squadron Leader, then a commercial pilot (RIP Dad and Wal), you might think I’d be across most of Australia’s aviation history. Instead, I find that I’ve missed quite a significant chunk of it!
This is just fabulous and one of the best information books I’ve reviewed for a while (surely a contender for the next CBC list?).
Looking at the history of ten leading aviators of Australian history from Dr William Bland in the 1850’s (who knew?) through icons such as Bert Hinkler and Nancy Bird Walton this is a fascinating time line. It includes technical information about flying in easy to understand terms, fun facts and an update on modern aviation.
The format is super. Each double spread features an imagined piece from the actual person, then a summary of their achievements with a side panel giving some other techno information. With illustrations plus photographic it is also a visual delight.
This is a winner-winner for either boys or girls I would guess around ten years upwards.
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