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The Airport Book

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,079 ratings  ·  238 reviews
Follow a family and the youngest member's favorite sock monkey through all the inner and outer workings of an airport.

In a book that is as intriguing as it is useful and entertaining, we follow a family on its way through the complexities of a modern-day airport. From checking bags and watching them disappear on the mysterious conveyor belt, to security clearance and a see
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Roaring Brook Press
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Look, I don’t wanna brag but I’m what you might call a going-to-the-airport picture book connoisseur. I’ve seen them all. From out-of-date fare like Byron Barton’s Airport to the uniquely clever Flight 1-2-3 by Maria Van Lieshout to the odd but helpful Everything Goes: In the Air by Brian Biggs. Heck, I’ve even examined at length books about the vehicles that drive on the airport tarmac (see: Brian Floca’s Five Trucks). If it helps to give kids a better sense of what flying is like, I’ve seen ...more
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Good information about how the whole airport thing goes. Includes some fun side stories via picture.
David Freudenburg
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been going to airports for about 50 years now and I am fairly familiar with what goes on there. And, actually, I LIKE airports! In fact, my wife and I once went to an airport for our anniversary. We stayed at the hotel inside the airport, went out to eat in the airport, went shopping in the airport, and had a great time! I was reminded of that event in this book when I read that an airport is like a city.
One of the many creative aspects of "The Airport Book" is the presence of three layer
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun picture book to read through with my 4 and a half year old daughter. Lots of great pictures and things to talk about. Highly recommend!
This is a great book. The text is matter-of-fact: a young boy explaining what it is like to go to the airport and travel on a plane. But the illustrations are what make this book stand out. First, the main family is mixed-race: a light-skinned mom and a dark-skinned dad, with 2 children. Second, the airport is filled with people of all ages, skin colors, abilities, types of dress - exactly what you would see at any modern airport. Third, there are lots of fun details to look for, following sever ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
A book that manages to capture the frenetic energy of going to the airport in a way that makes it interesting, not stressful.
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Wanting to Introduce a Younger Child to the Idea of Air Travel
A family go on vacation in this informative and engaging picture-book, which chronicles their experience traveling via flight. From catching a cab to the airport, through their many experiences once there - standing in various lines, walking by the businesses that look like little indoor "cities" - from their in-flight activities to their eventual arrival at their destination, although this is entitled The Airport Book, it actually depicts the entire process of travelling by air, from beginning ...more
Emma Sedlak
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-the-kidlets
Eamon loves this book! He already loved airplanes, but really loves the step by step journey through the airport
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-alouds
Very entertaining, detailed look at what goes on at an airport and on a flight. This would be a good book to read with a child who is preparing for his or her first flight. My son, who has never flown or been in an airport, was captivated and had a lot of questions.

My only complaint has nothing to do with the text or illustrations, but rather the publishing. The book is printed on pages that are much too thin to hold up as a children's picture book. Our library copy has multiple tears, and the p
A very informational and entertaining picturebook that accurately captures the chaos and excitement of a modern-day airport.

Lisa Brown's succinct, matter-of-fact text works extremely well when paired with her busy, detailed, and diverse illustrations. What is more, Brown's visual narrative (which starts with the endpapers and title page!) contains many fun side stories and "Easter eggs" that reward attentive readers and encourage multiple readings:

Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT SO MUCH! This is perfect for any child flying the first time. My daughter will definitely be giving it a read before she flies for the first time. Thank you Lisa Brown for making it a fun and instructional story for our kiddos about airports & flying! *Plus I love the part about the Monkey thrown in. Nice!
Chance Lee
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-it
Wow. The Airport Book conveys what a busy and hectic experience travel is, but doing so in a manner that is ultimately calming. The narrative voice speaks in second-person to the young reader, instructing them on what they will do and see during their ride to the terminal, the security line, waiting at the gate, the plane, departure, and arrival. The artwork is insanely detailed. Even though the book focuses on one family, I love how you can follow each passenger on their trip and see what happe ...more
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brought to my attention because it features a biracial family, this book is exactly what you need to explain the first trip on an airplane to a youngster. Seriously. Grandma, buy it for your littles before they come visit & mama, check it out before that big trip. It does exactly what it needs to do.
Becky B
A family of four is headed to their grandparents' house and are travelling by plane. The little boy explains what to expect when you go to the airport and travel by plane.

I live overseas, so I travel a LOT. And when I do, I spend more than 24 hours in planes and airports. As a well-experienced air traveller, I have to say this is so well done. It is a fantastic book to get little ones ready for air travel. It does a great job in explaining all the steps, from standing in line for tickets to secu
Gary Anderson
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Because air travel can be a little overwhelming for those unaccustomed to the frenzied routines of airports, Lisa Brown’s The Airport Book is a welcome resource for the youngest travelers. Its engaging pictures will help impose some understanding on and bring order to the seeming chaos of today’s airports. Those children who read this book before travelling will have a light-hearted framework for understanding what they see and experience during an airport visit, from checking baggage, to waitin ...more
Jim Erekson
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title is correct--it is a book about the airport! Each spread is worth a long look to see how Brown put together competing narratives in pictures and peritext (not necessarily counterpoint, but definitely complementary storylines). The main story is not super interesting (more of an informational book). Instead it's the illustration that makes it an experience. I've always loved this kind of busy page, going back to the early Busytown books by Richard Scarry (such as Best Word Book Ever), or ...more
A young boy, his little sister, and his parents are off on a trip. As readers we follow along as the suitcases get packed (including monkey), the taxi is loaded, the airport is navigated, and the plane takes off and arrives. Each aspect of the journey is documented in the detailed and adorable illustrations. I think the part of the book I enjoyed the most was looking at all the details in the illustrations. It's fun to follow sock monkey's journey, as well as a strange shaped fragile package, an ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This would be a good book to share with a young child who's about to embark upon their first airplane ride. It follows an interracial family making their way to the airport, going through security, watching the plane get prepared, boarding, flying, and arriving at their destination. Sharp-eyed viewers can also see the experiences of other passengers on the same flight.

It's a shame that events of the past 15 years make airline flying a much more arduous process than it was when I was a younger pe
I think I'm really getting into this author and her illustrations (like Mummy Cat!) Fun, informational book for kids about the airport experience. So much to look at! Certain pages are reminiscent of Richard Scarry with so many things happening and so many diverse characters. ...more
Miss Sarah
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A nice primer for someone taking their first airplane trip. This book is very detailed about each step in the process of traveling by plane. I did find the pictures a little busy at times so this would be a one on one read for me so the pictures could be talked about.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbf-vehicles
I think this is a great book for introducing children to the whole airport/airplane ride experience. And the reader can try to find the little girl's toy monkey in every spread. The colorful illustrations are very adept at depicting everything in the airport and on the airplane.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book for children who like planes or who are going to be riding on a plane for the first time. This book is a one-on-one (parent-child) sit down and read book because there is so much to look at and follow. I would recommend this, for sure!
The airport can be crazy and overwhelming even for adults. This book would be a great way to introduce kids to what is going happen when they go on a flight and experience the airport for the first time.
Laura Harrison
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I am a big Lisa Brown fan. This is a wonderful book about introducing a child to the flying experience. There is a heck of a lot going on. I think simpler would have worked better for me.
Michele Knott
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really, an amazing picture book. So much going on than just the story line. It's a book you could spend hours looking at the illustrations. ...more
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
A fantastic social story to help young riders understand what to expect at an airport and on a plane. I loved the illustrations and how they tell an entirely different set of stories.
Nancy Kotkin
Realistic depiction of a modern airport. Excellent resource to prepare children for their first airport experience.
Juliana Lee
Super illustrations detail the airline trip a family takes to visit grandparents. Baby Sister's stuffed monkey is on an adventure of his own running parallel to the family's journey. ...more
Do you have any airport travel coming up this summer? I've got the perfect airplane book for you all (and yes, this is another book that long ago lost its dust jacket...). For your children's summer travel reading pleasure, I bring you The Airport Book by Lisa Brown.
The Airport Book is uniquely written in a blend of fiction and nonfiction. Fictionally, the story begins with a depiction of a rainy day on the endpages, and it moves quickly to scenes of a family packing for vacation on the
Casidy Strother
Summary- This book is about a boy that explains what happens in an airport. When you get to the airport, there are lots of goodbyes and hellos. There are various sizes of bags and many lines. Your bags go through an X-ray machine and sometimes another machine scans your body. He says it's like a little town with many shops and restaurants, so he has to hold his little sister's hand. Finally, you get to board the plane. You strap your seatbelt on, get your games and toys, and put your bags away b ...more
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LISA BROWN is the bestselling illustrator and/or author of a growing number of books, including How to Be, The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, and Baby Mix Me a Drink. She draws the Three Panel Book Review cartoon for the book section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Lisa lives in San Francisco with her son and her husband, who is rumored to be Lemony Snicket.

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