After wooing urbanites with
Wow! City!, Neubecker follows up with an exuberant appreciation of all things American. Big sister Izzy chases her sister Jo across the country in what turns into a grand sightseeing tour. Each oversize page is a riot of color and activity that explores a particular region or city. In one spread, keen eyes will spot Izzy eating a hot dog amid tourists outside the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and other DC hot spots. Handy facts accompany the visuals: "Washington, DC, the country's capital, is filled with monuments and museums. The President lives here!" (Ages 2 to 4) Child magazine's Best Children's Book Awards 2006
And those who wish to take a wider tour may enjoy Robert Neubecker's Wow! America!, a companion to his debut Wow! City! (which PW said, "explodes with the frenetic crowds, noises and energy of urban life"). Once again Izzy serves as readers' guide, this time accompanied by her younger sister, Jo, as they sample lobster in New England and check out the nation's capital-worth a look just to see how the artist encapsulates all of the monuments onto one spread. An impressive gatefold spread shows off the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
In an effort to catch her little sister Jo, Izzy follows her down the mountain where they live, and across the many different landscapes that are in the United States. Each double-page spread shows a scene from a new region with the word "Wow!" and a word that represents that area. When the girls visit the New England coast, the image is a fisherman holding up a lobster. The caption underneath the illustration reads, "Wow! Lobster!" Along the top of every page is a sentence describing a famous historical event. Above the lobster fisherman, appear the words, "New England is famous for fishing and ships and patriots and pilgrims." Izzy and her sister explore Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. The sisters also visit Niagara Falls, the Atlantic coast, Florida, the midwestern states, the Mississippi River, the western prairies, the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, the giant redwoods, the northwestern states, Hawaii, and Alaska. The sisters travel from east to west and south to north, with a slight detour to Hawaii and Alaska, of course. The book ends with the words, "Wow! Home!" and shows an illustration of the two girls running into their mother's arms. Nubecker's illustrations have a rough black ink outline and bright colorful washes. This gives the drawings an energetic feel as the sisters dash around the country. 2006, Hyperion Books for Children, Ages 5 to 7.
Sally J. K. Davies
K-Gr 3-This follow-up to Wow! City! (Hyperion, 2004) is aptly named: with every turn of a page, readers will find themselves exclaiming, "Wow!" The beginning endpapers boast a giant map of the United States, with two tiny sisters gazing up at it in wonder. On the next spread, the children hurry down the road from their mountain home, as Izzy chases after Jo. The title page shows the girls running across another map as they set off to explore their country. The colorful, eye-grabbing, two-page paintings that follow depict some of America's most popular and fascinating locales: Washington, DC ("Wow! Capitol!"), Cape Canaveral ("Wow! Space!"), and more. The sisters marvel at Niagara Falls, visit an Atlantic Coast beach, eye pies at a state fair, wrangle horses in the West, stand before the glorious Rockies, and view Mauna Loa from a helicopter. Three-page gatefolds provide glimpses of the busy Mississippi River and the Grand Canyon. At book's end, the intrepid travelers run into their mother's arms for a hug ("Wow! Home!"). Packed with interesting details and loads of action, the playful illustrations grab readers' attention, drawing them into a fun-filled journey. Energetic, captivating, and irresistible, this is geography, sociology, and Americana all in one book. Wow!-Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
The creator of Wow! City! (2004) goes to the same well for this follow-up, offering a set of oversized, poster-like American scenes, including two single gatefolds, all rendered in a wildly busy style. Two young children provide a simple link as they race from a New England dock to an Alaskan glacier, pausing along the way to ogle the Statue of Liberty, Washington D.C., Cape Canaveral, Mardi Gras, the Grand Canyon and other sights. Each big spread is packed with visual energy conveyed by huge crowds, dark, densely packed lines and vivid colors. Neubecker isn't always specific about locations-"Wow! Corn!" stands for the entire Midwest-but the steady, vibrant intensity of his national portrait (the children even get to Hawaii) will carry readers irresistibly along. (endpaper maps) (Picture book. 5-8)