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
Wonderful gift for a child who has visited or is moving to Boston.
The kids love the fun detailed drawings and the challenging searches, and the silly things they notice while they're searching for the animals.
This book goes a step farther and shows sites of Boston, where he lives, and animals, which he loves.
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 9 days ago by Debbie
I bought this to have something to read to my 5 year old granddaughter when she visits. She loves this book and it's always the first one she grabs for me to read to her. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Wendy
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 15 months ago 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
We have a 5 yr old and 3 yr old and we live in Boston. They like this book as you have to search out the animals in each scene. Read morePublished on July 18, 2012 by not received