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2nd April '17
I read it to Joseph4 aged 4 aged 4
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
Joseph really enjoyed this story. I was worried it might not interest him but he enjoyed hearing different voices for the different characters and as soon as we finished he wanted to hear it again. You can't ask more than that from a book.
22nd March '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
This is a really enjoyable book - both for the kids listening and the parents reading the story. It is written in rhyme which makes it a pleasure to read as the words flow well. The story line is great way to teach kids about different countries, days of the week as well as about girl and boy power. My son adores planes and loved this. The pictures are great - especially the picture of The Queen! Such a great book!!
24th June '17
I read it to Hllatchem06 aged 4 aged 4
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
Really suprised how much my 4 year old loved this week. Loved the planes and hearing about Janes adventures. Great to extend the questions about days of the week and different countries. 
29th March '17
I read it to beardy aged 3 aged 3
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
This was a really lovely book with a great story also.
Son loved the bright pictures on each page and was gripped by the lovely colourful planes.
He has read most days recently and would definitely recommend.
Will definitely be looking out for more from the same author.
24th August '17
I read it to Ivy aged 4 aged 4
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
This story is brilliant. I loved the cover straight away as it's unusual to find books about planes aimed at girls or with girl characters in and my daughter loves planes and cars so I knew she would enjoy the story. I liked that the words rhyme so the book flows well and Ivy loved the little song they sing. She also really enjoys seeing all of the different landmarks they go to and now always recognises Big Ben is London where pilot Jane went!. she always enjoys this story and she picks it regularly before bedtime. 
5th April '17
I read it to Alyshab aged 2 aged 2
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
Read this book to my 2 year old daughter. She loved the pictures in this book. Loved reading it to her it was an interesting story 
26th March '17
I read it to Brobee aged 4 aged 4 & to Toodee aged 2 aged 2
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
We really enjoyed this lovely book and can't wait to read more of the 'Pilot Jane' stories. It's really imaginative and has a wonderful strong female character that my daughters particularly liked; how refreshing to see a girl with pilot aspirations! The rhyming verse makes it a pleasure to read and it's easy for younger readers to join in with. The illustrations are completely gorgeous and there's so much to look at on each page.
14th March '17
Sparkles read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
I love the rhyming, it makes the book fun. I think Mitch was mean and rude in the beginning but team work won the day! I really like the illustrations, especially the ones of the Queen! Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane is funny and fantastic! 
9th April '17
I read it to AvaW aged 3 aged 3
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
5 stars
My daughter was excited to read this book, as she loves going on aeroplanes and she loved that the plane in this book was pink. She enjoyed the book and I liked that it was a rhyming text. My daughter liked seeing the different places where Rose and Jane went on their adventures, and she enjoyed the illustrations. We liked that it was a good length, not short, and my daughter said she will be looking out for Rose the pink plane in the sky. An enjoyable story 
 
22nd March '17
I read it to Lilibet aged 4 aged 4
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
4 stars
Lilibet, age 4 says: I think that it is good because I like the pilot and the plane because they are very good and they make a good team.

I say: it is refreshing to have a book about a girl being a pilot. She travels the world and battles the challenging stereotype thrown at her by an arrogant male plane. I could do with a little less cake, flowers and pink. But this is definitely balanced and managed well with Jane and her gusto winning the day. 'Daring' isn't often a word we see applied to little girls in stories and I am glad to see it used here.
29th March '17
I read it to Samuel aged 1 aged 1
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
4 stars
Pilot Jane and her aeroplane Rose are an airborne dream team. They have won awards for speed and have a reputation for always getting their passengers safely to their destination, whatever the weather. They are so highly regarded that they are chartered to transport the Queen of England to a party. However, disaster strikes when Rose contracts plane flu. Engine failure means that she is unable to fly.

Mighty Mitch, a replacement jet, is brought in. He's the biggest plane Jane has ever seen. Unfortunately, he has some outdated ideas about female pilots. He assumes Jane will either be slow or a scaredy-cat. He decides to show her that he's the one in control and so, not long after take off, he begins to show off - looping and swooping through the air. Proud and conceited, Mitch thinks he's better than Jane and that she will be no match for him. However, he's chosen the wrong girl to pick a fight with!

The book conveys a positive message about female strength. Jane is confident and capable. She can stand her ground, is cool in a crisis and knows how to lead. Yet this female empowerment is not at the expense of female/male relations. The final message of the book is one of collaboration: girl and boy power.

I liked how the reader gets taken around the world with the story, seeing some of its most famous landmarks in cities across the globe. The book is written in rhyme and this adds to its read-aloud appeal. The cheerful illustrations are very attractive and will definitely captivate a young audience - they certainly caught the eye of my 15-month-old who, although too young for the story, did keep returning to the book to pore over the pictures! There is also a lovely gentle humour running throughout the book. I particularly liked the handbag-dwelling Corgi and the terrified look on its face during the flight.

I have just one little niggle: I would have preferred for the plane not to be pink and covered in flowers. I think this somewhat detracts from the book's message and reinforces the gender stereotypes it is trying to challenge.
5th May '17
I read it to Abandme16 aged 1 aged 1
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
4 stars
My daughter loved this book especially with all the bright colours and funny voices we did for each plane. I think this book shows children they can do anything they set their mind to no matter what gender. 
23rd March '17
I read it to eric_ aged 3 aged 3
Pilot Jane and the Runaway Plane 9781910854037
3 stars
I loved the idea behind this book, we should have more books showing girls in positions that are mainly related to boys. So having a woman pilot in a kids book is great. It's very nice to show to my son that there shouldn't be differences between Girls and Boys and I'm actually happy he didn't see any problem with it and I asked him which plane he liked and he said he liked both planes. I liked the use of days of the week and to ask my son which day came next (a shame the story doesn't show all the days of the week). I also enjoyed showing various places worldwide she goes to, but I should probably do an activity with my son reading this book where I show the globe and where each of those places are, because I don't think he really understands how far each of the places are of each other. Having the Queen in the story is also such a nice touch, another woman role that is a great example. My son really enjoys seeing her dog celebrating their safe landing every time we read it, thank you to the illustrator for this nice touch.

However, I didn't really think putting the cake as the fuel for the plane was necessary... I feel pilot Jane is a character that could have various stories or even a cartoon with her, but at the same time this story seems to have two plots in one, which may seem a bit confusing for kids.
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Izabella Cienska is an illustrator from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Creative from an early age, Izabella loved to try and draw what she saw around her. Now a full-time illustrator, Izabella has worked on a variety of picture book projects, including 2017's `Pilot Jane and the Runaw...

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