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If You Had a Jetpack
Contributor(s): Detlefsen, Lisl H., Hunter, Linzie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399553290     ISBN-13: 9780399553295
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: April 2018
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Annotation: Invites the reader to imagine what it would be like to build and use a jetpack at home, at school, and even on a long voyage or two.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Imagination; Fiction.
Flight; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Science Fiction
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016030610
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.50" H x 9.25" W x 0.50" (0.80 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 March)

PreS-Gr 2— In this charming circular story, a homemade jetpack is the catalyst for a boisterous fantasy adventure that blasts a young engineer from home, to school, on a visit to his Nana, and finally to outer space before he starts to miss his family and returns to Earth. The cast of characters is stylized clothes-wearing animals, appealingly reminiscent of the inhabitants of Richard Scarry's Busytown. The writing is cheerful and straightforward, and the illustrations often fill in humorous details to the plot, giving young readers and their adults great fodder for conversation about the clever interplay between words and images. Storytime crowds will warm to the book's fast-paced action, and independent readers will delight in the zany illustrations. In addition to fostering a sense of curiosity and invention, this book encourages a spirit of kindness, as many of the protagonist's imaginary adventures involve him helping others. VERDICT An energetic, crowd-pleasing read-aloud that can be revisited again and again.—Allison Tran, Mission Viejo Library, CA

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