Big City Song

Big City Song

by Debora Pearson, Lynn Rowe Reed

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristy Lyn Sutorius
This occasionally musical work is akin to Robert Neubecker's Wow City and Rebecca O'Connell's Baby Goes Beep, and yet it lacks the successful text and bold, eye-popping pictures of both. Pearson takes us through a typical city—workers at lunch, folks in traffic, and a variety of other people going about their busy lives—and ends in the not-so-quiet of one family's home. The author's silly scenes may elicit some laughs from kids, but her lyrical text falls short in its rhymes and rhythms. Rather than the steady buzz that one hears in a big city, Pearson's choppy onomatopoetic sounds give the reader the feeling of sitting in stop-and-go traffic. Reed's wispy, yet blocky illustrations are similar in intention to Maria Kaman's work, but her characters lack the same panache. Quirky placement of eyes and misshapen facial features on her humans distract, but make way for her animal illustrations to steal the show.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Fragmented text and chaotic acrylic paintings aptly convey the frenzy and cacophony of metropolitan life: "Sun comes up-/Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!/Dusty little/street cleaner/swishes down/the street." Bright colors and bold print depict the rhythm of a typical day with traffic jams, construction sites, church bells, and a thunderstorm, as a host of community helpers go about their tasks. The hullabaloo diminishes a bit toward evening, but there is still lots to listen to, including ambulance sirens, dogs barking, garbage cans crashing, and the rumbling of trucks and trains. Amid this "symphony of sounds," urbanites contentedly fall asleep. Characters with oval-shaped heads, large noses, and exaggerated hairdos appear alongside simply drawn vehicles and buildings, and the energetic artwork is filled with curving lines and contrasting colors. The rhymes can be a little forced, but will still be fun for reading together.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Reed illustrates the jumble of sounds on a typical urban day. The sweep of a street cleaner swishes down the street as pigeons flap, newspapers thump off a truck and a fountain s-s-s-s-s-s-spurts on. Multicolored figures crowd the pages in all directions, and as the day proceeds, readers see a fire truck, construction site, news helicopter ("dwop-dwop-dwop") and so forth. After dinner, the moon shines "like a spotlight" on people dancing, reading and singing lullabies. The dancing of the text, as well, adds considerably to the work's appeal, as do bright illustrations in acrylic paint on canvas (and the use of different bold background colors on nearly every page). The strongest element is the broad range of sounds, which can be a fun interactive component between reader and young listener. Bound to bring joy and laughter to the very young. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Holiday House, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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