7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Touching and sensitively written,
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This review is from: Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine (Kindle Edition)
Emmelisa and Dell Planemaker discover their father's old computer which leads them on to an adventure in Hardware Land and a flight into space to follow their father's "Trail of Light".
This is quite a long story for a children's book and sensitively covers subjects including the death of a parent, school bullying and growing up in general.
The description of Hardware Land where the children are taken to the inside of a computer is technically rather good, but even though the book was only first published five years ago some parts feel slightly dated (especially using a dial up modem to access the internet). That is always a risk when writing about cutting edge technology in any detail - it doesn't remain cutting edge for very long.
The space mission the children embark on is written in much more general, but still nicely researched terms.
I would suggest that this would be a good book to read to or with children rather than one for them to read alone, as several of the subjects covered are very likely to encourage the child to ask lots of questions, or even to relate their own experiences relating to that section of the book.
Overall: 4 stars - A touching, sensitively written and enjoyable read that should capture the imagination of younger school age children