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The Noisy Airplane Ride Hardcover – March 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Tricycle Press (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582460914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582460918
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 10.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-From the "Stomp, stomp, tromp" of passengers' feet on the Jetway while boarding to the "Hello" of a waiting grandma at journey's end, this picture book focuses on the sounds and sights of an airplane trip. The rhythmic text briefly describes mechanical noises, such as the "Thrum" of the engines and the "Whirrrr" of moving flaps, as well as the familiar cacophony of the cabin, including the "Ding" of the seat-belt sign and the "Ker-oosh" of a flushing toilet. Unfortunately, the rhymes are sometimes awkward and strained ("The wheels bump along again/as the airplane taxis in"). Also, the concepts mentioned are not always clearly explained. For example, part of the landing process is described by a couplet that might baffle youngsters: "Reversers help the plane to slow/by changing where the thrust will go." An interesting spread at the end of the book features a broad diagram of an airplane and provides more information. The computer-generated illustrations are colorful and filled with motion, but the characters seem a bit stiff. Consider this one only if you are looking to supplement such standbys as Fred Rogers's Going on an Airplane (Putnam, 1989; o.p.).
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

PreS-Gr. 2. Plane trips are composed of one strange sound after another, and many young children who haven't flown before will appreciate this brief overview by a pilot that tells what happens during a plane trip and the accompanying sounds. The rhyming text is reassuring and mostly simple, although Downs includes a few technical terms that may puzzle some: "Roar! Roar!! Reversers help the plane to slow by changing where the thrust will go." Gordon's vibrant, computer-generated illustrations help expand the words into a story by showing a little boy flying with his parents; the images of the airplane at night are particularly atmospheric and striking. The last spread offers one-paragraph explanations of some other possible flight experiences, such as pain in the ears, queasiness, and possible exposure to Muzak. An effective effort that will no doubt provide comfort to young first-time flyers. Todd Morning
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Now we read it almost every night before bed.
Dr. JBMC
The illustrations are bold and colorful, and the text is simple but encourages a lot of play and interaction during the reading of the book.
*R*L*
If you're trying to prepare a young child, or one with Learning Disabilities, for their first airplane ride, this is the perfect book.
A Central Illinoisian in Chicago

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Central Illinoisian in Chicago VINE VOICE on June 22, 2007
Format: Paperback
If you're trying to prepare a young child, or one with Learning Disabilities, for their first airplane ride, this is the perfect book. The illustrations are fun yet accurate, and you can take it on the trip to help your children understand what is happening around them (be sure to read it aloud to them several times and interact with them, if you can. I strongly recommend both this book and Airport
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K Mo on January 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
This was a gift from a friend for my little 3 1/2 year-old who LOVES the experience of flying. The book gives a fun and accurate approach to airplane sounds as previously mentioned in another review. The in-cabin pictures are consistent with a commercial airliner and my little one laughs at the "whoosh" sound made by the toilet, that scared him, too (like the little boy in the book). This could be a useful tool for introducing your child to their first airplane ride. A few of the illustrations are too dark to distinguish (meant to be nighttime pictures), but other than that, it is a wonderful book. I've got to like it...it's all I've been reading for a week now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By *R*L* on August 2, 2007
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This is such a great book! The illustrations are bold and colorful, and the text is simple but encourages a lot of play and interaction during the reading of the book. The text has a nice rhyme and rhythm, and actually gives a straight-forward explanation of what are all those sounds you hear on the plane, in only a few words!

My two-year-old loves this book -- he "reads" it to himself, and to me. (He has it memorized.) The noises that are part of the book make this story accessible to very young children. The book really draws a child into participating in reading, rather than just asking us to read it to him.

I would recommend this book to anyone with pre-school age children, especially if they are interested in airplanes or machine noises.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carlo Castorani Jr. on May 31, 2008
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My grandchild is 8 yrs old, and Autistic, this is an excellent source for preparing a child , of what they will realistically experience, while riding on an airplane for the first time..... Right down to the bump that sounds when the landing gear come down for landing... Very detailed and covers everything from arriving at airport to the seats, safety, flight attendants.... Worth every penny
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John L. Miller on October 2, 2011
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Recently we went on our first airplane trip with our toddler (where he was old enough to understand it). We got this book to help explain some of the noises and activities that normally scare young kids. As a bonus, he loves the book just for itself!

The story has illustrations and a story centered around parents with one kid taking a trip. They board the plane, sit down, listen as flaps, engines, and landing gear do their thing. It also talks about flight attendants, and even the lavatory.

I thought the illustrations were great. Nice detail to them, and they're realistic enough to match what you see on the airplane.

This book is a favorite at home, and a 'must bring' on every flight we take. Well worth buying!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A.E. on May 1, 2014
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I bought this book for a recent plane trip... unfortunately my 23-month old son didn't seem to enjoy it much. I think it's a bit too sophisicated for him. The illustrations are rather dark and low-contrast. The book is on the large side and although I was trying to be careful as we were reading it, my son managed to rip a page almost all the way out. I wish I had chosen a different airplane book geared for younger kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Ramsey on May 9, 2008
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I have flown with my daughter several times, but we're flying again in June and she will be a week away from two years old. Since I'm also taking my infant son (he'll be nine months), I thought I should do as much as I could to prepare her for the plane trip... you know, she's much more inquisitive now, and much less likely to accept "pat" responses for her questions! This book is great! We've already started to read it, and she loves all of the sound effects that it calls for! It talks about all of the noises, and things that happen on the airplane, so by the time we get there, we should (hopefully!) be able to read the book and recognize what's happening. I especially love that at the end it shows the little boy running to his grandmother. Since that's where we're headed, it's helped to make it more real for her!
Great book, definitely recommend for toddlers and above... really a book that grows with the child.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 15, 2011
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My son loves this book. He has autism and we are going to be flying soon so we got a couple of picture books to try and prep him for the plane.

The illustrations in this one are beautiful. They aren't bright and vibrant but detailed beautifully.

Of all the airplane books we got this is his favorite. My only complaint is that since it's called the Noisy Airplane he freaks out about having to get onto one. I know it was meant to warn kids that it will be loud but with his special needs it might have been easier to just deal with it being loud once we got him on the plane.
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