City Lullaby

City Lullaby

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by Marilyn Singer, Carll Cneut
     
 

Ice cream truck jing-a-linging Nine phones ringing, ten horns beeping In the stroller Baby's sleeping.

Will anything wake up that snoozing baby? Follow the red stroller through the cacophony of the city and find out! Rhythm, rhyme, and lots of noisy onomatopoeia from premier children's poet Marilyn Singer, coupled with chaotic, colorful art from an acclaimed

Overview

Ice cream truck jing-a-linging Nine phones ringing, ten horns beeping In the stroller Baby's sleeping.

Will anything wake up that snoozing baby? Follow the red stroller through the cacophony of the city and find out! Rhythm, rhyme, and lots of noisy onomatopoeia from premier children's poet Marilyn Singer, coupled with chaotic, colorful art from an acclaimed European illustrator, make this a rowdy read-aloud, with plenty of things to find and count on every spread.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Singer writes in infectious, rhyming poetry that scans smoothly ... which is echoed in the busy, densely populated, color-saturated scenes." Booklist, ALA

"Cheerfully over-stimulating—a bit like the city itself." Kirkus Reviews

"A love song to the city . . . In this vibrant, terrific picture book, Marilyn Singer and Carll Cneut summon a hip-hooray and ballyhoo all their own." New York Review of Books

"A good time for all." Time Magazine

This clever counting story would also be a good choice for group storytimes.
School Library Journal

Gregory Cowles
There have been lots of love songs to the city, of course, and when the subways rumble and the taxis rattle across these pages, parents who know their show business may find themselves unconsciously whistling "Lullaby of Broadway." But in this vibrant, terrific picture book, Marilyn Singer and Carll Cneut summon a hip-hooray and ballyhoo all their own.
—The New York Times
Publishers Weekly

A baby sleeps in a red stroller, oblivious to the incessant cacophony of city sounds ("Seven cans bashing, eight dogs barking, nine phones ringing, ten horns beeping"). But when "one small bird, for goodness sake, chirpity-chirps, 'Tweet!', ...Baby's awake!" Singer (Quiet Night) fills her countdown-structured text with plenty of satisfying sounds, yet Cneut's (The Amazing Love Story of Mr. Morf) crowded paintings, rendered in saturated acrylics and pastels are the showstoppers here. On the recto side of each spread, he distills the baby's face down to fringe of lashes, a smattering of freckles, and little arcs for a nose and smile; these float in white space, evoking the weightless unconsciousness of sleep (the baby's fully realized face, complete with a single tooth, is revealed on the final page). The bustling, nutty scenes that occupy the verso side are an entirely different matter. Characters' faces are edgy and angular, while the skewed geometry of the cityscape seems inspired by The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari(some of the buildings appear to be teetering into the streets). At the same time, there are lots of sly bits of whimsy, like the dog gabbing on a cell phone. Readers can also hunt for the red stroller, tucked into each vignette. It's a heady visual brew-and a funny valentine to the global metropolis. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)

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Kirkus Reviews
Inspired by Brooklyn's cacophonous streetscapes, Singer's cumulative rhyme counts down from ten to one: "Traffic jam, 10 horns beeping, / In the stroller, Baby's sleeping." Indeed, slumber continues throughout a riot of mechanical noise, until a chirping bird tweets Baby awake. Cneut's full-bleed mixed-media paintings dispatch traditional perspective: Orange buildings lean, box-like yellow cabs careen and a multiethnic crowd works and plays, jammed up against the picture plane along with garbage cans, cell phones, pets and signs. Display type featuring sound words ("Grumble," "Rinnnngggg") overlays the wall-to-curb compositions. On the contrastingly serene white space above Singer's text, Baby's disembodied facial features (pale blue lashes, sleepy half-smile) float-until the waking page. There, a stylized, larger-than-life portrait of bright-eyed Baby looms, with text and art swapping sides. Cheerfully over-stimulating-a bit like the city itself. (Picture book/poetry. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618607037
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
598,184
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Singer writes in infectious, rhyming poetry that scans smoothly ... which is echoed in the busy, densely populated, color-saturated scenes." Booklist, ALA

"Cheerfully over-stimulating—a bit like the city itself." Kirkus Reviews

"A love song to the city . . . In this vibrant, terrific picture book, Marilyn Singer and Carll Cneut summon a hip-hooray and ballyhoo all their own." New York Review of Books

"A good time for all." Time Magazine

This clever counting story would also be a good choice for group storytimes.
School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Marilyn Singer is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including the Tallulah books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Washington, Connecticut. For more information, please visit: www.marilynsinger.net.

Carll Cneut is the illustrator of many beloved and award-winning books in Europe. He is also the illustrator of ANTONIO ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD, GETTING SMALLER, published in the U.S. by Candlewick. He lives in Ghent, Belgium.

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