It can be hard to find new books that capture the essence of Boston as well as Make Way for Ducklings does, but Sage Stossel's new book On the Loose in Boston is one book for Bostonians to take a good, close look at.
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
Sage Stossel, author of On the Loose in Boston, On the Loose in DC, and On the Loose in Philadelphia, is an Atlantic contributing editor and a cartoonist for the Boston Globe, the Atlantic.com, the Provincetown Banner (for which she received a New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her cartoons have been featured by the New York Times, CNN Headline News, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and other venues. Her graphic novel, Starling, was published in 2013.
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 19 days 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 4 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 4 months 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 17 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 20 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