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On the Loose in Boston (Find the Animals) Hardcover – May 15, 2009
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And to clarify, I mean a very good, very close look since in this book the game is to locate many creatively hidden animals on every page. You see, the Franklin Park Zoo animals are wandering through Boston causing all kinds of mischief. Stossel entices the reader using pen and watercolor illustrations to create a visual essence that is Boston in all its glory. Not only are the illustrations awesome, Stossel engages the reader with challenging searches for the Franklin Park Zoo animals artistically hidden among her drawings, and she entertains us with a rhyming plot that tickles the tongue with wonderful vocabulary.
My eight-year-old Trey and I sat down to read this book at bedtime the other night only to find that we became captured by the search challenges and could not put the book away until every last zoo animal was found. This book is a fantastic gift for Bostonians and visitors alike as it features all the hot Boston spots that you know and love. The details Stossel uses in her illustrations are amazing and my son said that he loved the "great views." Trey's excitement as he said, "We've been there!" at every page turn was priceless. This book could easily provide hours of entertainment at home or in the car and even includes a website where children can make their own Boston comic book.
As a teacher and mother I have bought many books and continue to search for books that can entertain beyond one reading. Sage Stossel's book On the Loose in Boston could easily do that! --BostonMamas.com, June 24, 2009
The astute Commonwealth Editions books in Beverly has a line of children's books and launched several delightful titles for young readers last year. The ever-wry Sage Stossel (whose cartoons often brighten our day in the Globe) checks in with a find-the-animals book called On the Loose in Boston, in which Franklin Park Zoo animals pop up in the darndest places. --The Boston Globe, February 1, 2010
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What a terrific book Sage Stossel has written, and he is the illustrator to boot. This book takes the child to almost every neighborhood in Boston. My granddaughter recognized some of the scenes. What fun we had finding the animals, and there were so many to find, in such strange places. This book came alive for both of us as we traveled from one neighborhood to another. The illustrations are fabulous! The colors, the figures, the buildings all seemed so real. My granddaughter fell in love with this book, and she sits and makes up her own stories to fit the pictures.
The only recommendation I would make is to cut down on the amount of animals in each neighborhood. The pages are so full of exquisite things to look at, that less is better. A minor point, however. The book is entrancing in its own right.
I would recommend this book to anyone, and, in particular, those who live in or near Boston, or Massachusetts.
Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-13-12
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Like "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, this book pays homage to the city of Boston. Each two-page spread features detailed, colorful watercolor paintings of iconic Boston locations that are full of bustling people.
Here is a list of the places included:
- The Franklin Park Zoo
- The North End
- Faneuil Hall
- The Esplanade
- Liberty Square
- The Public Garden
- The Boston Common
- Fenway Park
- Newbury Street
- The Museum of Fine Arts
I like this book even better than other "hidden object" books because there is a rhyming story that goes with it - the animals of the Franklin Park Zoo are loose all over the city! For each painting, there is a rhyming couplet and a list of animals to look for.
The very last page is almost like a "bonus" - there is a maze through which you need to lead various animals back to the zoo.
This book is perfect for children - like mine! - who live in or around Boston and who will find joy in recognizing familiar scenes. Now that I know about this book, I also think it would make a great gift FROM a Boston native to a child in another part of the country / world. (I am already thinking of giving a copy of this book to my nephew living in France, since he associates me with Boston.) Additionally, if you're planning a trip to Boston with your children, this book can be given in advance to help get them excited about upcoming sites they will see, or you can break it out later and it would make a great souvenir.
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The book is very cute and just right for my grandson. But when I opened it there was a written inscription and torn cover page as well as other tears. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marie
This is a great book for kids - entertaining, keeps them engaged, and they learn to identify different types of animals (lemurs etc) along the way. Great as gifts too, esp. Read morePublished 5 months ago by New Cambridge Mom
Best children's book I've seen in a long time not only for kids the adults are loving it to. It is a must get book. The illustrations are fantastic.Published 9 months ago by Terri
Ahhh Boston is so historical. Sure it is old but it is also lovely. The best schools and hospitals in the world are here. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Debbie
The book is fun for the whole family. After a purchase for us. I bought several for gifts, with great comments how fun it is.Published on December 30, 2013 by Lisa C Terry
This has been my 2 year old daughter absolute favorite book for almost 6 months now. Very interesting pictures that kids really enjoy. We love this!Published on November 21, 2012 by Private