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Listen! It's the city! From the beep beeps to the clank clunk clinks, every day the city bursts with sound. This vibrant pop-art style perfectly expresses the surge of a crowd, the wail of a baby, the boing of a basketball, and all the other noises that define a day in the city. With speech bubbles and hip-looking sound effects, this sassy book will be a resounding hit with little kids who love to make noise.

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Overview

Listen! It's the city! From the beep beeps to the clank clunk clinks, every day the city bursts with sound. This vibrant pop-art style perfectly expresses the surge of a crowd, the wail of a baby, the boing of a basketball, and all the other noises that define a day in the city. With speech bubbles and hip-looking sound effects, this sassy book will be a resounding hit with little kids who love to make noise.

Illustrations and simple text describe the sights and sounds of a day in the city.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Pop art and the graphic depiction of sounds make this lively and beautifully designed book one that invites participation and begs to be read aloud. Like Margaret Wise Brown in her classic Noisy Book, Isadora concentrates on the many sounds in a noisy city, beginning and ending at dawn with garbage cans and cats. We "rise and shine" as the bright yellow and red alarm clock goes "Bring Bring!" in vibrating and dancing yellow letters on a dark blue background. Bacon sizzles, toast pops and the teakettle goes "SSSS," as the letters ascend in multicolors through a wave of steam. Page layouts are bold and dramatic, and the juxtaposition of colors, dots, and lines is dazzling. Each page is dramatically bordered in black, adding to the impression that these are greatly enlarged comic strip blocks, and from across the room many of the images seem to leap off the page. The strong visuals, combined with the always-popular possibilities for imitating and graphically depicting sounds, make this a great choice for group story times. 2000, Putnam's, Ages 3 to 7, $15.99. Reviewer: Linnea Hendrickson—Children's Literature
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PreS-Gr 3-The myriad noises that abound in a busy city are the focus of this exuberant picture book. Isadora begins the day with a ringing alarm clock and ends it with an apartment dweller's request for "QUIET!" as the garbage men make their rounds. In between, she includes everything from the "TOOOOT" of a tugboat to the "SQUIRT SQUIRT" of mustard onto a hot dog sold by a street vendor. Sometimes a variety of sounds generated by a single action are presented. For example, shoes on the pavement go "CLICK CLICK," "CLOMP CLOMP," "TINK," "TIP TAP," and "CLICK CLACK," depending on the style and the wearer. The vibrant pop-art illustrations, similar in style to those in the artist's ABC Pop! (Viking, 1999), make this book distinctive. The use of rich primary colors, coupled with the unique design of the pages, sometimes juxtaposing images in oddly angled segments, captures the energy of urban life. Aside from its appeal to preschoolers, this title would be of interest to older children looking at illustrative technique, particularly when compared to Isadora's I Hear (Greenwillow, 1985), which has soft, pastel watercolor paintings.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Using the Pop Art style she displayed to such terrific effect in ABC Pop! (1999) Isadora makes another vibrant series of images with just enough words to get those toddlers jumping. "Rise and shine" says the page with a brrriinnging alarm clock, followed by a page of sizzling bacon and eggs, popping toast, and a hissing kettle. That establishes the retro feel and the onomatopoetic bounce of the rest of the book, from the "whoop whoop" of a helicopter to the clomp and tap of dozens of pairs of shoes on the sidewalk to traffic and construction noises. The colors are primary and secondary hues in great geometric swathes and shapes, with the characteristic bold outlines, and dots and dashes, of Pop art and comics. Some words are in neat word balloons; others, in psychedelic neon, balloon across the page or dance over an image. The city is clearly inspired by New York, even though the library lion recumbent seems to be sitting in a park, and the garbage trucks aren't usually yellow. City kids will revel, and all kids will delight in the colors, shapes, and sounds of this pulsating tour de force. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399230479
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/24/2000
  • Pages: 1
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2000

    WOW!!!

    My first grade class recieved this book as a gift from a parent of one of the students. It turned out to be a sensational experience. The children were thrilled to be able to read the sounds and imitate them out loud. The pictures inspired us to discuss sounds and happenings we experience in everyday life that we all take for granted. It was just such great fun. We all loved the simplicity of the wonderful illustrations- Ms. Isadora made the city come to life for us- with an entire new perspective! Thank you!

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