From School Library Journal
Grade 4 Up-Including both fiction and nonfiction, some popular titles and some less well known, Marcus has created a fascinating array of walking tours of New York City. The scope of this project is huge, and while not every literary landmark has been included, the author hits highlights in many of the neighborhoods of the city. Touring through each section, Marcus introduces history, characters, authors, anecdotes, quotes, and often parts of the specific stories from children's books. There are also maps and many illustrations from the books featured. Aficionados of children's literature will enjoy this title, as will city children and their families, or visitors familiar with these famous scenes and stories. This guide can be used as a resource while touring specific locations, or as an interesting history, and can be an armchair tour if preferred. Historical background on authors, illustrators, and publishing helps tie the books into the history of the city, and a bibliography of children's books set in New York City is included. Don't come to town without this handy guide.
JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA
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About the Author
Leonard S. Marcus is one of the most respected historians and critics in the field of children's books. His recently published Ways of Telling: Conversations on the Art of the Picture Book, was starred in School Library Journal as "highly readable, often humorous, and intensely rewarding." The Horn Book, in a starred review, said: "The interchanges are as valuable for his insights and creative connections as for his subjects' revelations. His judicious questions vary like the artists themselves."