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The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)

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The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)

written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley

Authors Ben Thompson and Erik Slader take a hilarious look at the history of flight in THE WRIGHT BROTHERS: Nose-Diving into History, their first book of their Epic Fails series. The two regale readers with the many mistakes, mishaps and missteps of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the pioneers of powered, piloted flight. The road to success was often rocky, but the two never gave up on their dream of being the first to pilot a powered plane.

"The book is written with a large dose of humor. The lively writing is greatly enhanced by an abundance of illustrations..."

Thompson and Slader tell not only the story of the Wright brothers, but they include a general overview of the history of aviation. They go back all the way to the mention of Icarus in the Greek myths, a fella who was able to fly with a pair of wings his father had made for out from feathers and wax. Icarus was a fictional character, but there are many people who attempted flight long before the Wright brothers came along. As far back as the year 852, Armen Firman put on a pair of wings and jumped off the tallest tower in the city of Cordoba, Spain. He crash landed, but before he hit the ground, his wings briefly caught an air current that lifted him up a bit. Then, he broke nearly every bone in his body when he landed. His was the first recorded human flight. Dozens of people followed in his footsteps --- or on his wingtips, if you will --- in an effort to conquer the skies.
 
The book is written with a large dose of humor. The lively writing is greatly enhanced by an abundance of illustrations, some which are reproductions of actual photographs, and some which are pencil sketches. A timeline of flight is included in the back of the book that begins in 852 (with the flight of Armen Firman) and ends in 1948 (with the death of Orville Wright). A bibliography gives the list of references the authors used for the text, providing sources for future reference if you want to learn more about the history of flight.
 

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on July 10, 2018

The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails #1)
(Epic Fails #1)
written by Ben Thompson and Erik Slader with illustrations by Tim Foley