Science Comics (Paperback)

Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

By Alison Wilgus, Molly Brooks (Illustrator)

First Second, 9781626721395, 128pp.

Publication Date: May 23, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (5/23/2017)

List Price: 12.99*
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Description

A National Science Teachers Association Best STEM Books of 2017

Take to the skies with Flying Machines!

Follow the famous aviators from their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, to the fields of North Carolina where they were to make their famous flights. In an era of dirigibles and hot air balloons, the Wright Brothers were among the first innovators of heavier than air flight. But in the hotly competitive international race toward flight, Orville and Wilbur were up against a lot more than bad weather. Mechanical failures, lack of information, and even other aviators complicated the Wright Brothers’ journey. Though they weren’t as wealthy as their European counterparts, their impressive achievements demanded attention on the international stage. Thanks to their carefully recorded experiments and a healthy dash of bravery, the Wright Brothers’ flying machines took off.



About the Author

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based bestselling writer, editor and cartoonist who's been working in comics for over a decade. She attended the Undergraduate Film and Television program at the Tisch School for the Arts, and got her start working for Cartoon Network's "Codename: Kids Next Door" as a colorist and staff writer. Most of her professional work since then has been writing for comics, including the nonfiction graphic novel with First Second Books: Science Comics: Flying Machines, illustrated by Molly Brooks. In her spare time, she co-hosts a podcast about comics publishing called “Graphic Novel TK” with Gina Gagliano.

Molly Brooks is a highly-sophisticated disaster machine fueled by green tea and jelly beans. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and is currently based in Brooklyn. She has a BFA in Communication Design from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay from the School of Visual Arts. Her illustrations have appeared in The Village Voice, Time Out New York, The Nashville Scene, The Riverfront Times,The Toast, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She spends her spare time watching vintage buddy cop shows and making comics about knitting, hockey, and/or feelings.


Praise For Science Comics: Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared

"Like having a Time Life Science Library in comic books. Which is awesome!" —Popular Science

"nspirational reading for budding middle grade inventors and engineers—valuable for its broad picture of aviation’s early history and for providing specifics about the technical problems the Wright brothers faced and solved." —School Library Journal

"An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight." —Kirkus