×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

New York State of Mind
  • Alternative view 1 of New York State of Mind
  • Alternative view 2 of New York State of Mind
     

New York State of Mind

by Joel, Izak Zenou (Illustrator)
 

Legendary performer Billy Joel's bluesy ode to New York introduces children to the verve and magic of the city.

"I'm taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line - I'm in a New York state of mind."

Billy Joel's evocative lyrics invite readers to tag along as two spirited little dogs experience the energy and excitement of New York City, one of the world's most

Overview

Legendary performer Billy Joel's bluesy ode to New York introduces children to the verve and magic of the city.

"I'm taking a Greyhound on the Hudson River Line - I'm in a New York state of mind."

Billy Joel's evocative lyrics invite readers to tag along as two spirited little dogs experience the energy and excitement of New York City, one of the world's most visited cities. From the "movie stars in their fancy cars" at Radio City Music Hall to Chinatown, from the Empire State Building to a Central Park carriage ride, this colorful portrait of the city's most beloved landmarks is a joyous celebration of a great American city.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Newcomer Izak's full-bleed watercolor spreads charmingly dramatize songwriter Joel's ode to New York City, from the perspective of a wide-eyed, red kerchief-wearing small brown dog. The canine narrator rides a bus over the George Washington Bridge and along the Hudson River, before proceeding on foot past a tableau of familiar Manhattan sights. Discreet labels on the paintings' edges identify the Theater District (where Joel's Movin' Out appears on a marquis), Lincoln Center, Chinatown and more. For "Been high in the Rockies under the evergreens," the pooch appears under the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, and "But I know what I'm needing/ And I don't want to waste more time" depicts the narrator's initial encounter in front of the Plaza Hotel with a red ribbon-wearing Cocker Spaniel. A somber palette of brown and gray provides a welcome counterbalance to the cuteness of the dogs as, for instance, they walk in the rain under a copy of the Daily News by the steps of the Metropolitan Museum or "let it slide" on the ice of Wollman Rink. This book makes Joel's song (a compact disk recording is included) accessible to a new generation, while Izak's truly lovely portraits will serve both as an introduction to Manhattan, and as a visual tribute for those who already love New York. Ages 4-8. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The bookstore shelves appear to be groaning beneath the weight of celebrity-written books for children. There are those which seem to have been published only because of the celeb's name and fame, but then there are the good ones, such as those authored by Jamie Lee Curtis and John Lithgow. This book is also a good one. Illustrations of New York landmarks and street scenes are accompanied by the lyrics of a Billy Joel hit song. An appealing little brown dog sporting a red neckerchief catches the reader's attention and moves him through the fascinating, bustling, greatest city in the world. Along the way he gains the company of a sophisticated Fifth Avenue pooch with a red bow holding her topknot aloft. The text is brief enough to hold the attention of a youngster, while mature readers may find themselves singing their way through New York, page by page. As a bonus, a CD of the Billy Joel single is included. 2005, Byron Preiss/Scholastic Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
Kirkus Reviews
Using Billy Joel's reflective lyrics, a fashion illustrator offers witty, impressionistic scenes depicting a pair of stylish canine tourists posing against the ankles of similarly stylish human passersby in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, the (late, lamented) Plaza Hotel, Lincoln Center and other Manhattan attractions. Sideways spreads show the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Christmas tree, and the dogs take a subway ride and slide on the Wollman Skating Rink. Gussied up with discreet labels for nonresidents, plus a CD, this does convey the song's idyllic tone-though tourists of the two-legged kind won't find its helter-skelter itinerary particularly logical. A gift item, likely to appeal most to nostalgic adults, but better than Joel's goopy Goodnight, My Angel (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439553827
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/17/2005
Series:
Byron Preiss Book Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews