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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
The schools in England have closed for the Christmas season, and Alvin Goode and his family travel to South Africa for the holidays to visit his grandparents. During their journey, Alvin and his sister, Carey, learn about the train, the airport and airplane, as well as the ships at the harbour they see as their plane is preparing to land at Cape Town International Airport. At his grandparents’ house, Alvin learns about the different types of engineering; aviation, mechanical, chemical, marine, electrical and civil.
The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer by Sannette Viljoen is an informative book about engineering for children. It gives a substantial content for kids about different types of this field without making it too complicated. The narrative has an educated tone but is still accessible and friendly to read. I like the honesty that is included through this particular sentence, “Alvin, if you also want to become an engineer one day, you must study mathematics and science at school because engineering is not an easy job to do.” The layout of the content is nicely put and has a good flow for reading. The illustrations by both Marcel Van Rooyen and Viljoen are colorful and eye-catching.
All in all, Viljoen’s The Kid Who Wants to Become an Engineer is impressive and great reading material to attract kids into engineering and further educate the ones who are already have an interest in this field. This is a commendable work from Viljoen and illustrator Van Rooyen. I highly recommend it to parents and teachers.