The Airport: The Inside Story (Inside Story)

by John Walton (Author) Hannah Abbo (Illustrator)

The Airport: The Inside Story (Inside Story)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Inside Story

Pack your bags and get ready to check in at the airport! Meet pilots and baggage handlers, fly in an airplane, and learn about the science behind how everything works in this nonfiction story for kids.

This book is perfect for any child who loves airports or is about to go on a trip. Aviation expert John Walton takes readers behind the scenes to meet the incredible people who work night and day to keep an airport working, from control tower operators to security staff and janitors. The book also explains the science and engineering behind how things work, from X-ray scanners to baggage carousels.

Set over the course of one day, you'll check in with different people in the airport, including:

- An excited family heading on vacation

- A flight attendant preparing for takeoff

- A sniffer dog and its handler working at the security checkpoint

As you turn the pages of The Airport: The Inside Story, illustrated by Hannah Abbo, marvel at the way airport staff work together--from chefs in kitchens to cleaners and staff assisting passengers with disabilities.

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Kirkus Reviews

An eye-opening tour for young travelers, experienced or otherwise, who think it takes only pilots and flight attendants to get them where they're going... Informative and notable for its people-centric approach.

Review quotes

John Walton

John Walton is an award-winning journalist who specializes in transport, aviation, airlines, and the passenger experience. John grew up on three continents and likes to joke that he was raised by cabin crew! His lifelong interest in aviation was sparked during a life of shuttling around the world on Boeing 747-100 and -200 aircraft, and he remembers with fondness the days when bored pilots and cabin crew didn't mind an inquisitive teenager hanging around in cockpits and galleys asking questions.

Hannah Abbo is a self-taught illustrator from the UK, currently living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. She lives with her partner and child, and their (slightly) overweight cat. When she's not drawing she loves making ceramics in a local studio, visiting the botanical gardens, and baking bread.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Neon Squid
Publication date
July 20, 2023
Inside Story
BISAC categories
JNF058000 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Travel
JNF051120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Technology | How Things Work/Are Made
JNF057010 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation | Aviation
Library of Congress categories
Informational works

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