Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A visual history of modern transport featuring 100 iconic designs illustrated by Mike Lemanski

This innovative book is part of the series of large format non-fiction from Big Picture Press.  It can be read in multiple ways - the usual method of turning pages over one by one, or open the whole book up to see one giant 2-metre long timeline of modern transport with named, coloured illustrations on one side, and short pieces of text about each one on the back, There's also a double page inside the back cover entitled 'Ten things that got us moving faster' including things like the industrial revolution and steam, combustion and jet engines and the silicon chip. It was published in 2014 but goes up to 2010 in the timeline with the new electric Nissan Leaf car, Spaceship Two and super-cruiser Allure of the Seas. There are quite a few vehicles that are not well known (not by me anyway!)  such as the rather lovely Lilienthal Glider from 1895. I love the specificity The Jeep is not just a jeep, it's a Willy's Jeep, the locomotive is an EMD F-class LocomotiveIt's easy to find the information for the thing you're looking for as it's been beautifully designed with white outline on blue with the printed text on top. A very stylish package with illustrations that have just the right balance of delicate detail without being too fussy. As a further vote of confidence, it's been included on The Guardian's best children's books of 2015

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: A visual history of modern transport featuring 100 iconic designs.
Illustrated by Mike Lemanski
Big Picture Press, 2014
ISBN 9781848776968

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