C Is for City: An Alphabet Book

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This is Mister Doodle’s world. It’s different as can be. Come along and help explore his world from A to Z.

You should know from the start, that Mister Doodle is quite smart.
C is for City, this much is ...

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Overview

This is Mister Doodle’s world. It’s different as can be. Come along and help explore his world from A to Z.

You should know from the start, that Mister Doodle is quite smart.
C is for City, this much is true. But can you see another clue?
What else is there that starts with C? A car of course—you must agree!
Keep this in mind, open your eyes, for on every page there's another surprise!

A is for Art. B is for Bone.
C is for City, like New York or Rome.
D is for Dump Truck. E is for Envelope.
F is for Food, like French toast or cantaloupe.

Mister Doodle's C Is for City features a unique art style: a mixture of black line art and photography for an adorable look that's fresh and creative! Children will be entertained and amused while learning their ABCs with the stick-figured Mister Doodle!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mister Doodle may be a simple stick figure, but he lives in a vibrant photo-collage world. In this alphabet book, he and his dog, Sketch, share a new noun for every letter of the alphabet (each scene includes other items that begins with that same letter). Mister Doodle's adventures unfold in bouncy, playful rhymes: "D is for Dump Truck./ E is for Envelope./ F is for Food like French Toast or cantaloupe." A great little introduction to the alphabet, this lively outing, first in a planned series, should inspire kids to notice details. Bonus points for an excellent X entry: the xiphias, aka swordfish, "with its long bill like steel!" Ages 2–5. (July)
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Mister Doodle's adventures unfold in bouncy, playful rhymes: "D is for Dump Truck./ E is for Envelope./ F is for Food like French Toast or cantaloupe." A great little introduction to the alphabet, this lively outing, first in a planned series, should inspire kids to notice details. Bonus points for an excellent X entry: the xiphias, aka swordfish, "with its long bill like steel!" Ages 2–5.

Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011, *STAR

Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442420496
  • Publisher: Little Simon
  • Publication date: 7/12/2011
  • Series: Mister Doodle Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    Great book for toddlers learning their letters

    The drawings and content of this book are great. A terrific choice for teaching little ones about the alphabet as they get more into books with sentences (as opposed to just words).

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    highly recommend

    great little book! fun to read with children 3 & up. my 3 year old grandaughter loves the pictures, while her sisters, 6 & 8, enjoy finding the hidden words beginning with the various letters of the alphabet.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    I love this book!

    Well, I should say my son and I both love this book. We got this book as a 1st bday gift and my son hasn't put it down since. It acts as part book and part lovey. He has a great time pointing to each of the objects and I narrate as he points. One of the great things about this book is that it not only shows you a picture and word for the object on the page, it has a "hidden" object that starts with the same letter. So, as my son gets older, the book grows with him and he'll be able to identify the "hidden" object himself.
    Creative and fun for both of us.

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