This clever numeric companion to Lieshout’s Backseat A-B-See also uses graphic signage to drive home its concept—this time with an air travel theme. As a family of three moves through an airport, numbers one to 10 take them through the check-in process: adhering to five signs, the boy tosses out his water bottle, the mother an aerosol can, and the father a pair of scissors; removing their shoes at the security check, the family bypasses six security officers. Cleverly, most of the other figures that are seen are white silhouettes, like the kind that often appear on signs on restroom doors. Just the thing to pack in a carry-on bag, van Lieshout’s smart book is equal parts sleek modern art, counting primer, and entirely useful step-by-step guide for first-time fliers. Ages 3–6. Agent: Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Apr.)
"A great book to take with you while traveling with kids."Coos and Ahhs"
This useful guide will engage children and create an enjoyable visit to an airport." - School Library Journal"
This is a gem!" - Travel for Kids"
Make room in your carry-on for this book, perfect for pre- and in-flight entertainment for frequent and fledgling fliers alike." - The Horn Book Magazine"
For an educational way to introduce children to the big world of air travel, this is just the ticket." - The New York Times"
Expresses humor and warmth with its own sense of style." - Booklist"
Equal parts sleek modern art, counting primer, and entirely useful step-by-step guide for first-time fliers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review"
Book this in-flight entertainment for baby's first journey at 10,000 feet."Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine"
A perfect travel companion." - Reading Today
K-Gr 2—Families might want to familiarize themselves with these universal symbols before they head to an airport. Beginning with the image of a plane along the highway pointing the way, van Lieshout asks children to spot and count such things as luggage carts, check-in desks, escalators, restroom signs, and seat belts. Readers will be surprised at how many images they can find. All of these symbols are in the margins of the pages and the actions that the symbols represent are boldly illustrated in bright primary colors in the same graphic style. Information is given in the end pages about the creation of the typeface in 1968 that we all recognize today. This book can be used as a companion to a seek-and-find activity. This useful guide will engage children and create an enjoyable visit to an airport.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
Get ready for takeoff and some counting fun. This charming companion to Backseat A-B-See (2012) uses a counting concept to describe the phases of preparation for an airplane trip. A family of three with a boy wearing a yellow cap provides a narrative throughline for readers. "When taking a flight, what do you see? / 1 Airport / 2 Luggage carts / 3 Check-in desks" and so on, including escalators, trash cans and security officers. Following 10 gates are 100 fastened seat belts, 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers), 33,000 feet (10,000 meters), a "million places to explore"--and "[o]ne happy meeting." The digital illustrations depict the scenes with graphic shapes, universal signs and simplified white silhouettes similar to those seen on restroom signs for people; only the protagonist family and some key figures such as airline personnel are given any individuality at all. Humorous, graphically clever details abound. The trash cans are seen in cross section, filled with illegal items such as water bottles, scissors and baseball bats. Eight men and nine women line up across the spread from left to right waiting to get into their respective restrooms; the boy stands with his legs crossed. Informative as well as reassuring, this is ideal for prepping kids for their first flight (and maybe adults as well). Fasten your seat belts and sit back and relax; this clever book should fly off the shelves. (Informational picture book. 3-6)