July 25, 2017
Title: Don’t let the teddy bear fly the plane
Author: Derek J. Kenmuir
Publisher: Self-published, 2016
Don’t let the teddy bear fly is a story of a cute, cunning, and silly blue-eyed teddy bear who simply wants to fly a plane. I liked the concept of the story. It was a cute idea and a funny story for very young children. I recommend ages 2 to 4. The cute teddy certainly captured the attention of the reader. The story is short enough to maintain the attention of younger readers. Children will hear rhyme and playful storytelling and wonder why the bear should not be allowed to fly the plane. The teddy is the only character in the story, which allows the reader to be a participant. The style of art was different that I am accustomed to. It was interesting to see the author make use of varying font color, font size, signs, and backgrounds (such airport, field, brick walls, plaque) for the text. For example, the incorporation of the teddy juxtaposed against a background with human shadows was a cool idea, I guess. The use of signage in the text was also novel. For me the story ended abruptly, so I waited on my daughter’s response and it was “That’s it! I don’t get it!” I give the book 4 stars for being interesting but the purpose was lost on my 9 year old. I think the point is about perseverance and determination. Or perhaps, teaching children they have to be trained and certified to do certain tasks. Whichever the case, it was an interesting read.