Emirates Childrens Book Launch

We were recently invited to the Emirates Aviation Experience in Greenwich, to celebrate the launch of the their new book for children, Monkey on a Plane. The invitation also included a wander round the Emirates Experience and a trip on the cable cars so we were very excited about this!

Hosted by the book’s award-winning children’s author and illustrator duo, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre, the morning promised to be a fun filled event with exciting activities.

emirates children book monkey on a plane

On arrival to the Emirates Aviation Experience we were treated to some continental breakfast before heading off to hear all about the book! Emirates has launched its first ever children’s book, Monkey on a Plane! which is available now for families to download and read from the Emirates Flight Time Stories website.

It was released on World Book Day as part of the Emirates Flight Time Stories programme, which encourages families to get creative and take inspiration from their holidays, and aims to get people excited about travelling during their story time.

We were lucky enough to have the book read to us by the author and illustrator, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

emirates storybook for children

The children were each given a copy of the book and they all followed along with the story with enthusiasm and interest. It was a big hit! Monkey on a Plane is a lovely tale about Enrico the Monkey, who is bored of living in the forest so packs a suitcase to board a plane and embark on adventures all over the world! The illustrations are beautifully bright, fun and colourful!

Philip and Sarah took inspiration for the book from a story written by Maddison Penney, aged four from Dorset, who last year won the opportunity for her idea to be created into a book.

As well as the reading, our children also took part in a fun drawing session, whereby Sarah did a master class with step by step instructions on how to create lead character from the book, Enrico the Monkey. Us parents joined in with this too which was brilliant fun!

Lots more drawing and colouring in happened and everyone got involved! The children received a fab goodie bag to take home with a cute travel cuddly toy companion, complete with blanket and a copy of the book, which was duly signed by the ever so lovely Philip and Sarah!

emirates flight time story

We were then free to explore the Emirates Aviation Experience which was a real treat. I didn’t actually know this was here, even though I’ve been on the amazing cable cars right next door to it! When I heard we would be coming to this event here and would be able to look around, I really didn’t know what to expect. A museum about planes? Well I thought my twin boys might like it but I wasn’t so sure about myself.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It’s an amazing place! Wonderfully high tech and bright inside with interactive aviation displays and life-size aircraft models! It was full of hands on stuff for the kids to mess around with. It’s not very big but we spent rather a long time here…. the children loved it!

From sitting in seats to experience the feel of travelling in an Emirates Aeroplane…..

Emirates aviation experience

… and checking out the amazing video wall displaying an A380 aircraft turnaround and touch screen game! My boys spent literally ages at this part….

emirates aviation experience

…..To playing in this model cockpit. This was fabulous… who wouldn’t want to mess around in here? There were even captains hats to don too but I didn’t manage to get a photo with my boys wearing them!

There’s even a real life Flight Simulator here which can be booked in advance. It’s not suitable for children under the age of 9 but my older teenager would love it so we are going to come back with him next time!

After the event, we were able to visit the Emirates Air Line cable car, to enjoy new views of London with a trip over the Thames. We have done this before and it’s a great experience. Flying over the river, seeing the magnificent Millenium Dome and the Royal Dockyards…. it’s incredibly cheap at just over £3 a ticket and a real novelty thing to do!

Emirates cable cars

We had a great time visiting the Emirates attractions and hearing all about the lovely Monkey on Plane book.

The beautifully illustrated book is also designed to encourage young children to use their own imagination through creative writing and drawing tasks. This includes challenges and tasks for them to complete including dedicated space for them to draw their own monkey and write their own travel-inspired story.

To find out more about Emirates Flight Time Stories, please visit: https://www.emiratesflighttimestories.com/.


  1. Looks like you had a great day out, what a colourful pair of characters they are too!! 🙂

  2. Awww was disappointed not to be able to get to this, I love the Emirates Airline and Aviation Experience and we were sent the book and think it’s a lovely story and Fifi adores her Enricho! xx

  3. The question is do we get to see your various attempts at drawing the book characters? 😉

  4. Sheila Shepheard says

    Wow – I would have loved to enjoy a trip like this with my kids – very jealous.

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