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
Read an Excerpt
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.