Authors: Lefèvre-Garros & M. Uderzo
Age: 10 years and up
Size: 21.7 x 28.7 cm
Number of pages: 48 colour pages
Publication: November 2011
Price: £5.99 inc. VAT
This third volume recounts the Wright Brothers, who invented the modern aeroplane. The brothers made the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight on 17 December 1903 and, in the two subsequent years, they developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed wing flight possible.
If, like me, you are interested in early aviation pioneers and their assorted “heavier than air” machines then this one has to be for you. For goodness sake –it even mentions Otto Lilienthal (even if it is only in passing -though not a mention of John Stringfellow)!
The text/story by J.P. Lefevre-Garros is spot on: entertaining and fun! Marcel Uderzo is incredible in drawing the early flying machines and events around them –I can’t find anything to complain about. And the colouring works really well –colouring by Monique Ott by-the-by.
This is a great gift book for birthdays or..oh –Christmas! Even for schools where some good history needs teaching. Cinebook may have had to drop the “Biggles” name from the cover but it was quite obscure anyway. “Cinebook Recounts” is turning into a great series and this volume is just lush!