Flying cars are real! This book, the only one on the subject for young readers, combines history, biography, technology, and humor in a breezy survey of hybrid vehicles and the dream of flight that kept inventors at work despite many failures and the dictates of common sense.
Humans have always wanted to fly. As soon as there were planes and cars, many people saw a combination as the next step for personal transportation, and visionary engineers and inventors did their best to make the flying car (or the roadable plane) a reality. This book is a breezy account of hybrid vehicles and their creators, and of the intense drive that kept bringing inventors back to the drawing board despite repeated failures and the dictates of common sense. Illustrated with archival photos, this entertaining survey takes readers back as far as Icarus and forward into the present day, with a look toward the future. Includes author's note, source notes, bibliography, index.
"With attention to engineering, design, and consumer demand, this is a topic well suited to STEAM curricula that should be welcomed by science teachers, young inventors, and anyone who browses the amazing pictures and wonders, “Why not?”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
* "A tremendous narrative-nonfiction debut...Start your engines and get ready to take off for an amazing read."
—Kirkus, starred review
"Packed with period photographs, artists' renderings, and advertising ephemera that highlight the progression of prototypes, Glass' story of an idiosyncratic corner for the history of flight has ample eye-catching visual appeal."
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