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The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History

(Epic Fails #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  44 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A hilarious nonfiction look at two of history's most epic "failures": the Wright brothers, whose countless crashes ultimately led to groundbreaking success.

Although Orville and Wilbur Wright are celebrated today as heroes for their revolutionary contributions to science and engineering—they are acknowledged as the first men to successfully achieve powered, piloted flight—t
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Roaring Brook Press
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Dec 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Conversational in tone, this book tells the story of the Wright Brothers and their struggles to create the first airplane. It teaches the power of persistence quite overtly, explaining the problems that the Wright Brothers encountered and how they overcame them. In addition, it covers the early attempts at flight and why they failed. It also explains the basics of aeronautics, showing how the Wrights engineered their Flyer. These are interspersed with relatable analogies for the intended audienc ...more
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The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History (Epic Fails) by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson, 115 pages. NON-FICTION/CHAPTER BOOK. Roaring Brook, 2018. $7.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.



This book covers the history of aviation, dating back before the Wright brothers, through the adventures of the brothers, and past that into the current state of aviation. The book marches through all of the failures that led up to
Finding history books that young readers will pick up and read on their own can sometimes be a challenging task for me as a librarian. I am always thrilled when I find a book that is not only nonfiction, but has tremendous child appeal. Slader and Thompson's new series, Epic Fails, is one such work. The book is written in an appealing, narrative style that focuses on the most interesting aspects of the story they are telling. This helps the book move right along, which is important for most youn ...more
Tiffany White
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from School Library Journal. I LOVED this book! It's short and sweet. Written exactly the way that our elementary-middle grade kids speak with phrases such as "straight up" and "Heck no!" It's a great example of failing epically but ultimately succeeding while making the Wright brothers more relatable instead of just "old, dead guys." I also really enjoyed the quotes that were at the start of each chapter. I would recommend this title for ages 7 to 12. Definite add ...more
Emily Zorea
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
This book presents lots of interesting information about the Wright Brothers and communicated how all the small, and large, failures worked to bring the brothers their great ideas. I loved how the book did not gloss over the "boring" moments of their work and showed that projects worth fighting for will take time and patience. Also, a good dose of humility does help when your project fails in front of your hero. A great and quick read to share with elementary-middle school readers.
Epic Fails is fantastic non-fiction. It is only 120 pages including the index, bibliography, etc., so it isn't’ too long. There are funny, factual stories about inventions that paved the way for aviation. The book also includes a the science behind flight and pictures (drawn and photographs). This series should do very well.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really good book. It was really interesting with all the dates and plans they had. They really set their mind to their accomplishment and succeeded with it. They had many trials and errors like me, but it worked out in the long run. The writing was very effective. I could imagine what they were talking about. I would suggest this book to anyone who is into aeronautics and history.
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A well written, engaging look at two of America's favorite inventors.
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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If you have an airplane obsessed youngster in your life, this chatty history of flight, inventions, and inventors would be a perfect read.
Jenny Claiborne
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really interesting read on the Wright Brothers (and others) and their quest to fly.
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This narrative nonfiction book chronicles the Wright Brothers' quest to build and fly the first airplane.

Future aviators, inventors, and engineers will enjoy this one.

I was fortunate enough to receive an Advanced Reader Copy from School Library Journal.
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