The Boy and the Airplane
Written and Illustrated by Mark Pett
Simon & Schuster, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
When a towheaded little guy is gifted a toy airplane, he takes it outside and has the time of his life playing with it. Sadly, the plane lands high up on the rooftop, far out of his reach. A lasso, pogo stick, and hose all fail to get his plane down, and a ladder is simply too short to reach it. The boy then plants a seed, and waits year after year for a new tree to grow. Finally, when he is old and balding, the man climbs up and frees his beloved plane from the roof. Comparisons of The Boy and the Airplane to The Giving Tree are inevitable, but appropriate. This is a lovely, wordless picture book about the pleasures of childhood and the passing of time. Mark Pett has created more story with his beautiful pencil and watercolor artwork than many do with the written word!