Book Review: Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane (Caroline Baxter)
* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Big Sunshine Books
Release Date: March 8th 2017
Join Pilot Jane, a fun and fearless airline captain, as she travels the world with her best friend Rose, a high-speed passenger jet. Together Jane and Rose have exciting adventures and form a perfect team, delivering their passengers safely to destinations as far afield as Alaska and Australia. But when disaster strikes and Rose falls ill, Jane is paired with ‘lean, mean flying machine’ Mighty Mitch. Can she still get the Queen to her party on time? Featuring a clever and courageous heroine, this action-packed rhyming story celebrates ‘Girl Power’ and shows what you can achieve if you work together. Fasten your seatbelt and get ready for take-off!
One of my secret favourite things about having a baby is reading picture books again – I loved them as a child, loved as a teen reading them to my baby sisters, and now I love them as an adult reading them to my own baby. It’s great to revisit all the classics I loved when I was younger and to come across new favourites too.
Pilot Jane has lots of exciting adventures with her pink plane Rose. But on the day of an important flight, Rose is sick and Jane has to team up with Mighty Mitch, a plane who doesn’t think girls make good pilots. But she proves him wrong and they work together to fly safely.
The illustrations in the book are gorgeous. I love Jane – she’s got a beautiful, cheeky little face that just makes me smile and want to like her. Rose is a very pretty plane, though I have to say I wasn’t too keen on her being pink: I was worried it played into the whole ‘girls like pink’ stereotype. I guess you could see it like that, or you can see it as, hey, girls can be awesome pilots and also like pink. Still, the colours are bright and fun enough to hold Little Moore’s attention for a while and I’m sure he’ll appreciate the story when he’s older.
There’s a lovely message of girl power here that I’m happy to read to my son and would love to read to a daughter if I ever have one. It doesn’t fall into the trap of putting boys down to raise girls up either: after working together with Mitch and coming to understand each other they even change their song from ‘Girl power forever‘ to ‘Girl – and boy – power forever‘ which I really appreciated.
This is a fun, colourful story with a great rhyming scheme and an even greater message. It’s definitely one that’ll be going on Little Moore’s shelves for when he’s older.
About the Author
Caroline Baxter lives in Oxford with her husband and two young children. From an early age she always had her nose in a book – and now does so for a living! Caroline grew up in South Wales and, after graduating with a BA in English Literature from Cardiff University, held a variety of management roles at UK universities including, most recently, at the University of Oxford. The Bear Cub Bakers, her first book, was written while on maternity leave with her daughter. Her second book,Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane, was published recently on International Women’s Day (8 March 2017). Caroline loves travelling, yoga, baking (and eating) cake, dogs, days out and snuggling up with a good story.
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