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Book Review: Playtown Airport by Roger Priddy

Like many of you I am passionate about books and we’ve both nurtured Little B’s love of the printed page since he was born. In fact our house is creaking under the weight of all the paper we’ve accumulated.

As he’s got older his obsession with all kinds of transport has grown and he can spend up to half an hour browsing the  vibrant and detailed scenes on every page of Playtown Airport by Roger Priddy.

Playtown Airport

Playtown Airport book cover

This is one in a wonderful series by Roger Priddy creator of Priddy Books, a division of Macmillan Publishers that has won several Practical Pre-School Awards. We also have some of their ‘First 100’ series that teach young children about animals, words and so on.

The Playtown series would have been on my library list when I was little as I can’t resist a book with flaps to lift up – and these books are packed with them. It’s like having an advent calendar on every page, but much more interesting and informative.

The books have eight scenes, each covering a double page. There is so much going on in each scene your child (and you) can spend a good five minutes or more picking out the goings on and talking about what the people are doing. And that’s before you start spotting the flaps!

This book focuses on the titular airport; the only other book in the series so far is an overview of the town but I am sure there will be more to follow. So on the first page you get an picture of the whole airport, where you can see the arrivals lounge, the runway, aircraft hanger, control tower and rescue vehicle centre (the bit no adults want to think about).

Playtown Airport inside image

The pages then move through each section in more detail. Inside the terminal for example you can visit different shops and cafes and even have peep in the loos! Next you see everyone getting on the plane, what happens up in the air, and landing at the holiday island.

Playtown Airport inside image 2

The style of the illustrations is bold and easy on the eye yet packed with clever details. The people are sort of like two-dimensional Lego or Play Mobil characters. And the vehicles and planes look as if they might leap from the pages. I’m sure Little B would love it if they could!

The book rewards repeat reading as you will never spot everything on a first go. We have great fun spotting all the animals – Mr Priddy seems to be a cat fan as there are feline helpers getting up to mischief on every page!

Inside the flaps are genuine insights into what goes on behind the scenes at an airport, bags being loaded onto planes, the pilots in the cockpit, or food being prepared.

Playtown Airport flap lift

I think this would be a great book to read before going on a first flight with your pre-school children, as it takes them step by step through the process and should help calm any nervousness. Once at the airport you can keep referring back to Playtown and reminding them of how the story of the book matches what you’re doing in real life.

The book reminds me a little of Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day, which I’m sure many people of my generation will remember with great fondness.

I’m giving Playtown Airport 9 stars out of 10 (and only because I wish it were longer!)

You can buy a copy from Wordery – my recommendation for an alternative online book shop.

That’s all for now – I’m off back to the book shelves with Little B to choose our next review! 🙂


Thanks to Priddy Books for linking to this review from their website!

This is NOT a sponsored post. 🙂

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