Simms Taback's City Animals
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Simms Taback's City Animals

by Simms Taback

This follow-up to Simms Taback's Safari Animals presents six city animals in a guessing-game format: a pigeon, a police horse, a squirrel, a dog, a cat, a swan--all poster-size illustrations in Taback's one-of-a-kind style.


This follow-up to Simms Taback's Safari Animals presents six city animals in a guessing-game format: a pigeon, a police horse, a squirrel, a dog, a cat, a swan--all poster-size illustrations in Taback's one-of-a-kind style.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Little ones may enjoy or be a bit intimidated by the four page fold outs featuring city animals. The text offers a fact and then asks "Who am I?" In the first spread the animal in question gathers acorns. The next flap which is flipped up contains another fact "I have a big furry tail." Now kids have two clues and part of the animal has been revealed. Can they guess what it is before the four panels are fully opened presenting the reader with a big squirrel who unfortunately does not look too friendly. The next challenge is to take the facts and deduce that it is a large dog who again does not look like something you would want to pet. The cat featured on the following foldout appears to be a bit more of a pet, but is shown as a striped alley cat. Not many kids will see a police horse, but one is presented here. Pigeons are certainly more evident and rodents like mice and rats are probably found in every city. Interesting, but of limited appeal. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Publishers Weekly

Full-page flaps unfold vertically, then horizontally, to create bold, large-scale images of city fauna in a sturdy guessing book. "Who am I?" asks one animal. "I make friends with people" (only a pair of legs appears at first, then another clue after lifting a flap: "I have a collar, a tag and a leash"). By folding out the third flaps to complete a square, the full picture is revealed: "I'm a dog!" Taback's animals are accentuated against bold blocks of color, and there's humor, too: the creatures' expressions range from alarmed to goofy to just plain vacuous. Also available: Simms Taback's Safari Animals. Ages 2-5. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Children will love this bright, bold foldout book. The left-hand side of each spread shows a part of the mystery animal, along with the repeating phrase "Who am I?" Each right-hand page contains clues that are revealed one by one, exposing more of the animal as readers unfold the page, until the entire (sometimes life-size) animal is revealed. The text is simple and direct, with a typeface that is easy to read. The book is conducive to baby or toddler storytimes as well as one-on-one reading.-Kate Neff, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL

Kirkus Reviews
Following the same format as Simms Taback's Safari Animals (2008), the author/illustrator celebrates the animals that make their homes in the city. The clever design offers children a tantalizing glimpse of one-fourth of an animal along with a clue as to its identity. The right-hand page then unfolds upward to reveal another fourth of the picture and an additional clue. Unfolding this page to the left reveals the entire animal and the answer in a poster-sized illustration. The city dwellers include a squirrel, a dog, a cat, a police horse, a pigeon and a mouse. Bold colors, clean lines and simple details suit the youngest listeners, who will be pleased with their deductive skills as they guess the animals' identities before the final unfolding. The heavy cardstock should withstand many readings-good thing, as this one is sure to be a favorite among young patrons. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
A Giant Fold-Out Book Series
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Simms Taback won a Caldecott Honor Award for There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly and the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, of which The Horn Book wrote, "The art sings with color and movement and humor and personality." He has also produced award-winning titles for Blue Apple, such as Simms Taback's Safari Animals (a 2008 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner), Peek-a-Boo, Who? (a 2006 Scholastic Parent & Child Best Book of the Year), and Simms Taback's Big Book of Words (a 2004 Child Best Book of the Year, 2004 Parenting Book of the Year, and a 2004 Parents' Choice Gold Award winner).

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