by Lisa Brown
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 2.1
5 out of 5 stars
If you just read the text and couldn’t see the pictures in this children’s book, you would think it is a pretty matter-of-fact, step by step description of airport travel. Pretty ho-hum stuff…
Inside the airport you stand in lines.
You stand in lines to get your ticket.
You stand in lines to check your bags.
There are lines for the restrooms.
There are lines to go through security.
Lisa Brown’s illustrations are really what make this book shine. Through all the pages, the reader follows the story arc of a family of four, going on a trip to visit grandparents. As the family gets to the airport, they are joined both other travelers, whose story arcs can also be followed. Young readers will particularly love following the sock monkey story, which mostly unfolds on the pages that show not only the passenger compartment of the plain, but simultaneously shows the luggage hold.
Parents of young children who are going to ride a plane for the first time could use this book to prepare for the trip. Children who are experienced travelers will love the connections they can make to the events and characters in the story, and all readers will delight in following all the different families throughout the pages.