The Airport Book"Don't forget monkey!" a mom reminds her family, as they are finishing their packing. "Of course I won't forget monkey!" the dad replies, and kids will smile as the little girl announces proudly, "I pack monkey!" Right from the beginning, Brown engages readers with the story, encouraging readers to predict just what's going to happen when monkey goes missing.
by Lisa Brown
Roaring Brook / Macmillan, 2016
Your local library
*best new book*
|"Monkey monkey monkey!"|
"Did you forget to pack monkey?"
"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."Linger on the page for a while, and you'll notice that there are all sorts of little stories within the central story. Readers will have a great time choosing a character and seeing what's happening to them in the next scene.
|"You squeeze into your seat. Some bags go up top. Some bags go underneath."|
I especially love how diverse Brown's airplane travelers are--in so many ways. The main family is multiracial, with a black dad, white mom, two brown kids. There are people of different ethnic and racial groups. There is a working mom, constantly on her cell phone. A dad is traveling alone with a little baby. A woman is traveling independently in a wheelchair. And yet none of this diversity draws attention to itself--it seems effortless and natural, and yet Brown carefully, thoughtfully includes in so many ways.
Check out these stellar reviews:
- School Library Journal, starred: "A must-buy for most libraries."
- The Horn Book, starred: "Sky-high in concept, execution, and kid appeal; the only airport book you’ll ever need."
- Kirkus Reviews, starred: "It eases readers through these experiences, reassuring them with clarity, candor, and repeated words...this travelogue delivers at many altitudes."
©2016 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books