From School Library Journal
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, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Using airport signage figures and typeface to illustrate the airport experience, the simplified artwork in this unusual counting book uses color sparingly and without shading. A boy rides with his parents to 1 airport, where they grab 2 luggage carts and go to one of 3 check-in desks, and so on, down to 9 women in line for a bathroom. Switching to a view outside the boy’s visual experience, we see 10 gates on a map of the terminal, 100 seat belts, and 2,000 miles from a bird’s-eye view, and 33,000 feet (altitude) from space. The shift from the child’s view to more abstract concepts is a giant leap that will leave some of the book’s audience behind. Still, this companion volume to van Lieshout’s Backseat A-B-See (2012), which introduced highway signs and the alphabet, has plenty to offer. While its minimalist expression of form and color may strike some as rather cold, the artwork is pleasing in its own way and expresses humor and warmth with its own sense of style. Preschool-Grade 1. --Carolyn Phelan