C Is for City: An Alphabet Bookby Orli Zuravicky, Giuseppe Castellano
In C Is for City, we meet Mister Doodle—a stick figure who lives somewhere in between the real world and a child’s imagination. He’s smart and sophisticated with a hint of goofiness—a winning/i>
Welcome to Mister Doodle’s world—it’s different as can be. Come along and help explore his world from A to Z.
In C Is for City, we meet Mister Doodle—a stick figure who lives somewhere in between the real world and a child’s imagination. He’s smart and sophisticated with a hint of goofiness—a winning combination that allows him to teach the ABC’s while entertaining! C Is for City introduces toddlers to a unique art style—a mixture of black line art and photography—never before seen in board books. The black ink drawings are simple and clean. The photographs are colorful, and chosen strategically to highlight each letter being taught.
The Mister Doodle books also have a “hidden” layer of educational content for hours of fun learning! On each page of C Is for City, toddlers will learn multiple words that start with that particular letter—not just the one word mentioned in the text. For example, they will discover that not only is C for “City,” but C is for “car” or “cab” as well.
The entertainment and educational value of this alphabet book far surpasses one read!
Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011, *STAR
If anyone ever embodied a name, it's Mister Doodle.
This nimble sketch sets off on his own alphabetic search-and-discovery. Mixed-media scenes keep thin lines the focal point as vivid photographed accents pop with color. This trek yields some refreshing finds; in the aquarium, the Xiphia swims in the foreground, with the traditional X-ray the afterthought. Answers move forward in upbeat, measured phrases; the stamp-sized key in the back shows some additional connections, though not a comprehensive list. "Keep your eyes open / and on each page you'll see / not just one word for each letter but at least two or three!" The hunt requires an understanding of vocabulary to find all the hidden gems (a Car that is also a Cab appears for the letter C along with City skyscrapers). This fast-moving romp through outdoor orchards and interior scenes lacks elaboration. "G is for Garden / H is for Hay / I is for Igloo where Inuit play." The man's canine companion exhibits human mannerisms, jumping up on two paws for the catch or balancing his patterned umbrella. The intricacy will delight preschoolers but confound babies and toddlers; format notwithstanding, this is not a book for babies.
A searching doozy for older kids, but for the youngest perusers, it's a developmental dud. (Board book. 3-4)
Meet the Author
Orli Zuravicky has written and edited over a hundred children's books for kids of all ages. A graduate of Barnard College, Orli lives, works, and writes in New York City.
Giuseppe Castellano, an Illustration graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design, spends his days designing children's books. Thanks to Mister Doodle and his cute Westie Terrier "Sketch," he now spends his nights illustrating them. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and twin daughters.
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