The City Kid & the Suburb Kid
  • The City Kid & the Suburb Kid
  • The City Kid & the Suburb Kid

The City Kid & the Suburb Kid

by Deb Pilutti, Linda Bleck
     
 

The grass may seem greener on the other side—but in the end there’s no place like home. That’s what two boys discover in this fresh and contemporary version of Aesop’s timeless “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.” And it’s a great value, because the tale is told twice. When kids are done with one half, they simplySee more details below

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Overview

The grass may seem greener on the other side—but in the end there’s no place like home. That’s what two boys discover in this fresh and contemporary version of Aesop’s timeless “The City Mouse and the Country Mouse.” And it’s a great value, because the tale is told twice. When kids are done with one half, they simply flip the book over for a different side of the story!
Jack can’t wait to spend a week with Adam in the suburbs. No more honking horns! No more hot and noisy subways! And he does enjoy the tree climbing, fishing, and triple-dipped cones. But soon he starts wondering what’s happening with his friends back in the city.
And when it’s Adam’s turn to visit, he happily leaves behind his annoying sister and lawns that need mowing: hello, skyscrapers, skateboards, and shopping downtown! Then, just like Jack, he begins to miss all the familiar things he took for granted.
Deb Pilutti’s witty writing emphasizes the similarities in the boys’ lives, while Linda Bleck’s vividly-colored pictures cleverly play up the differences. The result: a book that children will read—and love—again and again.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3- In this takeoff on Aesop's fable, city-dweller Jack can't wait to visit his cousin Adam in the 'burbs. Once there, the boys enjoy bicycling through the neighborhood, fishing, shopping, watching a movie, buying ice cream, and sleeping outside. But Jack begins to miss the city and is happy to get back home. Turn the book over and it's Adam's chance to visit Jack's apartment where the boys repeat the same adventures in the same order with the flavor and sounds of an urban environment thrown in. In the end, Adam decides that his favorite place is home as well. The author and illustrator do a great job of showing how a slightly different perspective still yields the same fun for the boys. The full-color, slightly flattened, retro cartoon illustrations "using gouache and at least 10 brushes" perfectly capture the changing scenes, and readers will agree that it's tough to decide which experience-city or suburb-is more fun.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
The classic fable gets an update and a clever book design in this debut. Jack's life in the city is marked by hot and noisy subways, honking horns and having to share a room with his little brother. He can't wait to visit his friend Adam in the suburbs for a week. The friends ride bikes around the neighbornhood, fish and catch frogs and sleep outdoors. As the week wears on, though, Jack finds himself missing home. Turning the book upside-down, readers can then find out about Adam's suburban life, with lawns to mow, waiting for rides and an annoying big sister. With this pattern, the tale emphasizes that even though the pair may do the same things, there is no place as familiar and loved as home. Bleck's gouache illustrations perfectly capture the contrasts between the two worlds while simultaneously drawing attention to their similarities-although, regrettably, they miss an opportunity by depicting both boys as white. Readers may just start clamoring for their parents to take them on a trip. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402740022
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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