Traveling with children presents a whole series of challenges to parents. Three juvenile books aimed at children ages three to seven delve into the adventures awaiting traveling families.
Two books with the same title answer the age-old question: “Are We There Yet?” Author Nina Laden and illustrated Adam McCauley describe a road trip to grandma’s house taken by a mother and her son.What makes the journey unusual is that in addition to mother and child a pair of mysterious eyes follows them everywhere on the trip. The illustrations draw the readers attention to what is going on outside the car’s windows. Was the trip boring as the young boy reports to grandma or didn’t he see what the reader does?
Author and illustrator Dan Santat also deals with “Are We There Yet?” Immediately after the young boy in the story grumbles that the trip is taking too long, Santat has parent and child go back in time by having the reader follow the arrows on the page, flipping the book upside down and turning the pages in reverse. This is a clever approach, but it takes time and patience to appreciate what the pair is traveling through.
“The Airport Book” written and illustrated by Lisa Brown is a detailed exploration of a family traveling by plane. The drama in the story is whether the girl’s beloved sock money will safely make the journey.