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Book Title: Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine|
Date of issue: May 23rd 2005
ISBN 13: 9781413771367
The author of the book: Shelagh Watkins
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 750 KB
Read full description of the books Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine:I didn't realise this was a children's book when I started reading it; once I found that out the grammar and language made more sense. It's ok. The pacing is off - it starts quite well but lets itself down about 3/4s of the way through with a long, dreary section running up to the launch, then ends abruptly with a variation on the "it was all a dream" trope. There's little resolution on the bullying and the characters are generally flat, two-dimensional beings with little feel for who they are or want to be once you get past the first 1/3rd. Somewhat dissatisfying.
There are a few stand-out errors which made me cringe: we do NOT have freeways in Lancashire, UK. That's very lazy and shows a lack of respect for the setting and the readers. There are also far too many sentences ending in exclamation points which are unnecessary. This made it feel like a picture book, trying to convey humour and failing. All in all, probably not one I'd recommend to my daughter.
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Shelagh Watkins is writer, editor and publisher at Mandinam Press. She is the author of two novels, Mr. Planemaker's Flying Machine and The Power of Persuasion. She published the anthology, Forever Friends, in 2008 and a follow-up anthology, Forever Travels, in 2010. Shelagh set up Published Authors groups on Facebook, LinkedIn and Goodreads. She is also the administrator of publishedauthors.org.
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