Book of Cities

Book of Cities

by Piero Ventura
     
 

Ever wondered what people are doing in cities all over the world at any given moment? Piero Ventura’s charmingly illustrated children’s book—appreciated by both young and old—brings bustling scenes of major cities to life in intricate detail. This facsimile edition of Ventura’s original book, first published in 1975, provides a

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Overview

Ever wondered what people are doing in cities all over the world at any given moment? Piero Ventura’s charmingly illustrated children’s book—appreciated by both young and old—brings bustling scenes of major cities to life in intricate detail. This facsimile edition of Ventura’s original book, first published in 1975, provides a colorful, educational, and unique tour of major world cities. Delight in each city as you look for the London policeman holding up traffic, children shoveling the heavy snow of the side streets in Moscow, clerks waiting on customers in a huge Parisian department store, or the steam rising from the Chinese food cooking on a tiny houseboat in Hong Kong. The finely drawn illustrations and humorous details in Book of Cities are a celebration of the many ways people live, work, travel, and have fun in the major cities of the world.

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From the Publisher
"...captures the hustle and bustle of life in all its beautiful humanity..." ~RalphLauren.com

“Your littlest travelers are in luck. This children’s classic, first published in 1975, is back in print. The vibrant illustrations continue to charm as they show us life around the globe, from Kyoto to Venice.” ~Endless Vacation Magazine

“This charmingly illustrated “children’s book” is a serious coffee table contender, presenting the defining quirks of the world’s most famous cities–from Hong Kong and Venice to Boston and LA–in stunning Where’s Waldo style detail.” ~ReadyMade Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789318213
Publisher:
Rizzoli
Publication date:
03/24/2009
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 12.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

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From the Author’s Desktop

I’ve always wished I could fly, ever since I was little. Not by sitting in an airplane, but by flapping my arms like birds flap their wings. I was fascinated by the idea of seeing the world from above–houses, people, cities, the countryside, the sea. Everything must be more beautiful from up there! Of course, I never quite succeeded. So then I tried to imagine what it would be like, and to tell about it through drawing. Obviously, from way up high everything looks tinier and more curious, but you can see and understand a lot of things you can’t from down on the ground. So, year after year, book after book, more and more young readers all around the world came to call me “the little-people guy.”
Over thirty years have now passed since I drew Book of Cities. Cities, and children, have changed a lot since then–and naturally I have, too; to see any one of the many “little people” in this book, I now have to put on my glasses! But I’m sure that there are still many little boys and girls all around the globe who want to fly–in order to see and understand a world that is increasingly complicated, yet ever more fascinating.

~Piero Ventura

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