Monsters Don’t Ride on Airplanes by Hilarye Fuller, a Q&A and book review

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Monsters Don't Ride on AirplanesMonsters don’t ride on airplanes, but kids sure do. This silly tale by travel blogger and long-time family traveler Hilarye Fuller is not only fun but educational too. Monsters Don’t Ride on Airplanes is a lovely eBook that you can quickly download onto your Kindle Fire and flip through with your children over and over again, before, during or after a flight. Through clever associations your child (and you) will learn proper airplane edict.

Monsters Don’t Ride On Airplanes

Honestly, after flying so long with my boys and instilling the behaviors Fuller highlights, I’d like to hand this book out to a few adults. She takes very simple, basic common courtesy and shows how these particular pet peeves are happening on planes and how we can do just a little better when squashed in a tin can together.

I do feel a little sad for the monsters though. Some of them are just too cute to keep off a plane. I hope Fuller has a fun product line come out soon with the front cover monster. Maybe every time my kids want to kick the chair in front of them they can have the monster kick instead. I doubt that stuffed monster will have as much of an impact as my son’s feet, although you just never know with my youngest. He’s one strong little dude.

I was thrilled to meet Fuller a few years ago at a conference. We continue to be friends to this day. Fuller was happy to do a little interview with me. She shared more of her ideas, plans for the future and why she chose monsters instead of ninjas… a question that surely must be on every kid’s mind.

Q&A with author Hilarye Fuller

What incident in your own travels with your kids was the inspiration for your book? It was a culmination of trying to teach my children appropriate behavior before flying and being frustrated that there was no product currently out there to help educate my kids on etiquette while riding airplanes.

Who needs the book more, flying parents or kids and why? A combination of both kids and parents. The book is meant to be a tool to encourage good behavior while flying. Parents will enjoy reading the book to their children. The children will think the monsters are silly and fun meanwhile learning through error how they shouldn’t act on an airplane.

Why is it important to stress behavior specifically for flying? It’s as important to encourage manners while flying just as important as it is to have manners while in the grocery store, or at a movie. Manners and good behavior is a sign of respect.

Why monsters? Why not ogres or ninjas? We chose monsters because we thought they would be silly and fun but also get the point across. Nobody wants to be stuck on an airplane with a monster!

Is a sequel or another children’s book in the works? Yes! We have another book coming out in Spring that we are very excited about. It will be another travel related book for young kids.

Monsters Don't Ride on Airplanes

Publisher’s Synopsis: Monsters Don’t Ride on Airplanes is a fun and silly book for children, designed to encourage good manners while riding commercial airplanes. The book follows the antics of three monsters on a flight and why they are aren’t allowed on any more airplane rides. In contrast, it showcases a young boy and a girl who because of good behavior are allowed to ride airplanes and go on fun vacations.

Title: Monsters Don’t Ride on Airplanes
Author: Hilarye Fuller
Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla
Publisher: Hilarye Fuller, $2.99 USD
Publication Date: May 10, 2014
Format: Kindle, eBook
Language: English
For ages: 2 – 7
Type: Picture Book

Buy it now: Kindle

Illustrations Courtesy of Hilarye Fuller. This post contains an affiliate link. 

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  • Robin

    We bought this book back in June when I was flying solo with two under 5 by myself. The kids love the book and immediately reacted when they started those behaviors and I reminded them about the book. Now it’s our go to flights. Glad to see the review and to hear another one is in the works.

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