It often takes a visitor to point out a city's treasures, and London artist Rubbino does just that in his debut, taking readers on a lively armchair tour of Manhattan sights as seen through the eyes of a day-tripping boy and his dad. First stop: bustling Grand Central Terminal, awash in sunlight that streams through the station's massive windows and onto "so many people-all in a hurry." The book's large trim size and the illustrator's perspective provide an entertaining and palpable sense of scale as the small boy marvels at skyscrapers and landmarks like the Flatiron Building and the main New York Public Library building. Design highlights include a vertical foldout of the Empire State Building; the subsequent spread offers a downtown view from its 86th-floor observatory. Each busy scene features exuberant narration from the boy ("This department store is called Macy's. Dad says that you can buy anything from a dishrag to a diamond inside"), as well as smaller captions of geographical or historical significance. Neophytes and jaded residents alike will embrace this vibrant and enticing slice of the Big Apple. Ages 4-up. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
A Walk in New Yorkby Salvatore Rubbino
New York City — the perfect place for a boy and his dad to spend the day! Follow them on their walk around Manhattan, from Grand Central Terminal to the top of the Empire State Building, from Greenwich Village to the Statue of Liberty, learning lots of facts and trivia along the way. In this unabashed ode to America’s biggest city, Salvatore… See more details below
New York City — the perfect place for a boy and his dad to spend the day! Follow them on their walk around Manhattan, from Grand Central Terminal to the top of the Empire State Building, from Greenwich Village to the Statue of Liberty, learning lots of facts and trivia along the way. In this unabashed ode to America’s biggest city, Salvatore Rubbino’s fresh, lively paintings and breezy text capture the delight of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of New York firsthand.
With a backpack over his shoulders, a T-shirted youngster and his father delight in a day in Manhattan in this entertaining and informative travelogue. The boy's first-person narration, set in casual, inviting type, is breezy and involving, making readers feel part of the adventure. In smaller type, fascinating tidbits, staggered around the page to catch attention, supply information such as the number of train platforms at Grand Central Station (44), the names of the New York Public Library's marble lions (Patience and Fortitude), and how many taxicabs (more than 12,000) ply the city streets. Illustrated endpapers, including the Flatiron Building, Greenwich Village, and Macy's, map the journey. Rubbino uses the whole page to tell his story, letting subdued colors provide effective backdrops to the tall buildings and high bridges; then, when the two reach the Empire State Building, the page unfolds upward, showing the landmark structure in its full glory. Meanwhile, the artist doesn't stint on views of New Yorkers; sketches of people-all sizes, shapes, colors, and from all walks of life-provide great opportunities for people-watching on the page. At day's end, a cab ride back to Grand Central makes a fitting ending to the pair's highly satisfying day. This is an intriguing snapshot of the Big Apple, sure to delight New York City residents, tourists, and would-be visitors.-Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA
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