Thursday 20 June 2013

Review: Bernard’s Plane Trip

Bernard’s Plane Trip written and illustrated by Adele Jaunn (Working Title Press)
 PB RRP $14.95
ISBN 9781921504563
Reviewed by Vicki Thornton

Bernard is going on his first plane trip. He is so excited he has butterflies in his stomach. But there are so many things to do before the plane lands and he sees his best friend.

This is an ideal book for the introduction of young children to all that air travel involves. The cute character of Bernard, a large dog, makes for very appealing illustrations. From going through security to patiently waiting for his flight to be called. Once on the plane poor Bernard finds it hard to fit into his seat, and going to the toilet is a very tight squeeze…he is after all not a poodle.

The book is full of useful information, told in a very calming and reassuring manner. The sweet illustrations, softly created in watercolour and water colour pencils, adds another sense of reassurance. There is nothing sharp or harsh, unsympathetic to the overall feeling of calm that this book generates.  And the final page when Bernard meets his best friend and they hug is just delightful.

The little bee that also comes along on the journey is an added bonus. I especially loved the image of him sleeping on the moon. It creates another level of the story for the children reading.

A great book for parents planning a plane trip with young children. It shows step by step each process, in a relaxed and entertaining manner.

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