I have to admit that my initial assumption as to what the book Alis the Aviator by Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail would entail and be about were one hundred percent wrong. I had initially believed, upon seeing that it would be an “ABC Aviation Adventure” that the book would actually feature a clever way for young kids to be introduced to the actual aviation alphabet instead of simply acting as most alphabet children’s books do and just name things that relate to aviation with each letter. Of course, Alis the Aviator simply used words that related to flight rather than taking the opportunity to teach children how actual pilots speak. And while there is certainly nothing wrong with that, especially in a children’s book, I have to admit that I was a little disappointed.
Of course, this is entirely influenced by the fact that I know someone who really wants to be a pilot and therefore have been with him as he works through learning the pilots alphabet. And I really do feel as though an incredible opportunity was completely missed here, likely because the author probably isn’t that involved in aviation to the point that they would be aware of this alphabet or would want to introduce it to young kids who are interested in planes. It’s not enough for me to say that the book is bad, as it was a really wonderful story about a female pilot that simultaneously went through the regular alphabet. But I do feel that a lot of potential for this book was lost on account of the exclusion of the pilot’s alphabet.
The artwork was beautiful and pleasant to look at. I can definitely see a lot of children really engaged with this book. I don’t think that I would buy it, personally, as I genuinely do feel that I would prefer a book like the one I was anticipating. And, who knows, perhaps I’ll even write that one myself?
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.