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Children's LiteratureFormatted in the die-cut shape of New York State, this book provides many facts using a colloquial tone. Our "tour guide" is a cartoon like young girl named Julie Gluck; the tourists are Kevin and his dog, Buster. Julie provides the facts as Kevin reacts and asks questions. However, this gimmicky look does not compensate for some major flaws in the book. The somewhat humorous style ("Stick with me, kid, and you'll see it all.") may be a bit too slick for some readers . Some of the attempts at humor may actually be insulting. For example, a group of Italian immigrants in a boat asking a whale "where-a New York-a." Additional fast facts are also included on each double-paged spread in a question and answer format However, there is a definite overemphasis on New York City, with less than half the book dedicated to the rest of the state. There is also a frontispiece map with Long Island labeled as Levittown. While the concept is original, this book misses the boat. 2002, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Ages 7 to 10.
—Micki S. Nevett