It's dark and quiet.
The moon still glimmers in the sky.
While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to begin the day. GOOD MORNING, CITY, by morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, is sure to start the day off right.
|Publisher:||Farrar, Straus and Giroux|
|Product dimensions:||10.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
|Age Range:||2 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Pat Kiernan has been waking up before dawn since 1997. He's become a fixture on New York City televisions as the morning news anchor for NY1. He's hosted nationally televised game shows and has appeared as himself in dozens of movies and TV shows. He lives with his wife and daughters in Brooklyn, New York.
Pascal Campion is a freelance illustrator whose clients include DreamWorks Animation, Disney Toons, Cartoon Network, They Might Be Giants, PBS, and Tor.com. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Whether you live in the city or country, you'll find that Good Morning City celebrates community and the rituals of morning. The first sign that this book would be a hit with our family was that, after we handed it to our five year old, he paged through it twice without needing any encouragement. The pages bring the reader to various early morning scenes, many of which involve vehicles such as delivery trucks or school buses, much to our little reader's delight. Enjoying the book aloud together later brought even more fun, as each scene includes "noisy" words that kids will love to repeat -- "Crash! Smash! Bang!" for the garbage truck, for example. This book has already moved into steady rotation on our bedtime story circuit. At first I attributed that, in part, to the amusing coincidence of our family being represented almost exactly in the final pages (big sister, little brother, tiny dog). But it's more likely that the book's appeal lies in the fact that there's something for everyone to enjoy. Big sister can read to her little brother, getting his full attention for the colorful illustrations and his full participation with every arrival of those "noisy words". When we all go through the book together, it's so easy to talk about how each scene relates to things we've seen and done recently in our own hometown. Our kids have been inspired to share so many of their own city observations during the reading of this book, whether about a secret desire to ride the bus to school, or jaywalking, or the construction in our neighborhood. Parents may pick up on the poignancy of the world waking up and rapidly moving forward while their children linger sweetly in sleep, but kids will just have fun reading Good Morning, City, and thinking about the busy, exciting world in which they live.