How to Eat an Airplane by Peter Pearson
(Bad Idea Book Club)

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This series opener is a successful combination of etiquette book and airplane cookery: who’d have thunk it?


The first book in the Bad Ideas Book Club, aptly named How to Eat an Airplane, explains: If you want to eat an airplane, there are a few things you should know. The truth is, most airplanes are too large to eat by yourself, so if you want to eat an airplane, you should have a party. It’s fact-based picture book fiction at its most absurd!

By crossing two unrelated topics—dinner etiquette and jet plane mechanics—How to Eat an Airplane creates an unexpected and absurdly funny experience for young readers. Inspired by the true story of Michel Lotito, who from 1978 to 1980 ate an entire Cessna 150 airplane and holds the Guinness World Record for Strangest Diet, the book covers everything from setting the table with forklifts and toasting with engine oil to fastening your seat belts at the table and taking a nice stretch in between courses—preferably on the airplane’s wings. 

There’s a disclaimer included for anyone who believes the book is an actual guide—as well as four pages of fascinating and relevant airplane facts. Perfect for precocious readers and airplane lovers as well as teachers and parents looking to enjoy something unique and fun.

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About Peter Pearson

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Peter Pearson comes from a family of storytellers and musicians. A former student of astrophysics, Peter lives in Minneapolis, MN, where he received his MFA in writing at Hamline University. This is his first book. Visit him at Catusanu is a fine artist as well an illustrator. Originally from Romania, his use of collage, color, and character make his work pop off the page. This is his first book with HarperCollins.
Published May 24, 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.
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on Feb 02 2016

This series opener is a successful combination of etiquette book and airplane cookery: who’d have thunk it?

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