Review: Tara Binns: Eagle Eyed Pilot

Saturday, May 30, 2015

I recently received an email telling me about a brand new series of books which was designed to inspire young girls and raise their aspirations. Tara Binns is the main character in these stories and when she runs around her old costume box in the attic she is transported into a costume she wouldn't normally choose. With each different costume comes an exciting adventure to go with it. The Tara Binns books aim to go against gender stereotyping and introduce a positive role model that is a far cry away from the princesses and fairies that usually dominate girls books.

Gracie was sent a copy of the first book in the series 'Tara Binns; Eagle Eyes Pilot' so we could see what she thought. In this story she finds herself at the controls of a jumbo jet, and in skilfully avoiding a terrible thunderstorm she comes across what looks like an old pirate treasure map. I won't spoil it by saying what happens next!

Gracie really enjoyed this book and was really interested in the fact her dressing up box had taken her on an adventure. Gracie has her own dressing up box and like Tara Binns they are not all typically girly costumes. She loves superheroes and pirates and loves to play make believe whilst wearing her costumes so I think she identified with the story in a way which is really cute!

I love the concept of the Tara Binns series, I especially like how it introduces children to careers that are not often talked about. I would love to see some with her going back in time and becoming a knight to teach them about what a knights job actually was or becoming a scientist would be great too although Science could be a bit complex! I know both Gracie and Zach would love them though! I also think it would be nice to perhaps aim the books at young boys as well as girls. Just because the main character is a girl doesn't mean young boys can't enjoy her adventures too!

We are both looking forward to seeing the next books in the series.

'Tara Binns: Eagle Eyed Pilot' is available to buy now from Amazon.

We were sent a copy of the book featured free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

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