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Wow! City! (Wow! Picture Book, A) Hardcover – September 2, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Wow! Picture Book, A
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (September 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786809515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786809516
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 10.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #581,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreS–A toddler who has been raised in the mountains takes a trip with her father to the city. Perched in a backpack on her daddy's shoulders, Izzy observes the teeming urban scenes that swirl around them. Each enormous double-page illustration is accompanied by a "Wow!" and a one-word description of the location ("Wow! Tunnel!" or "Wow! Museum!"). Drawn in India ink and vividly colored on a Macintosh computer using Adobe Photoshop, the illustrations are full of life, action, and detail, with people of every description, animals, vehicles, and excitement everywhere. Young children will pore over the busy pictures, and will also have fun finding Izzy and her dad in the crowd. This bookalso works well as a read-aloud for very young listeners who will join in on the "Wows!"–Jane Barrer, Washington Square Village Creative Steps, New York City
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

*Starred Review* PreS-K. If Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie had been painted with a two-year-old in mind, the result might have been something like this. Bold colors and undulating forms jitterbug across the big, 20-by-10-inch spreads of Neubecker's first book for children, an ode to urbanity that chronicles his Utah-born daughter's first experience of the Big Apple. Though Neubecker is a seasoned contributor to the New York Times and other journals for adults, his artwork here couldn't be more attuned to toddlers. Each double-page scene, hand-drawn in thick, toothsome black line and tinted digitally in riotous carnival colors, showcases a city sight writ large, accompanied by a two-word exclamatory phrase: "Wow! Taxi!" "Wow! Skyscrapers!" "Wow! Fire engine!"^B Neubecker then crams every square inch of the surrounding area with things to point to, identify, or wonder about, including a yellow dog somewhere on every page (a stray that ultimately goes home with guess who?). Sharp eyes will eventually notice that this seek-and-find subplot extends to the stunning endpapers. A dazzling picture-book debut that beautifully transmits the wonder of the view from a baby-carrier backpack--so different from the more jaded perceptions of adults who, like the father illustrated here, stand agog before the unintelligible squiggles of a subway map. Jennifer Mattson
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More About the Author

Robert Neubecker draws for Slate.com, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He is the award winning author of Wow! City!, 'Wow School" and "What Little Boys are Made of". His many illustrated books include: "Every Corner Needs a Monster" with Jeane Reidy, "I got Two Dogs" with John Lithgow and "Sophie Peterman Tells the Truth" with Sarah Weeks." Upcoming books include "Linus the Vegetarian T- Rex" and "Winter is for Snow." Robert is a lousy cook except for sphagetti and meatballs. All the neighborhood kids seem to like it. Robert lives in Park City, Utah with his family, dogs, cats, and lizards.

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My 2-1/2 year old son LOVES this book.
Heza
We could not put this book down and our grandchildren are hooked.
Tamara E. Shannon
Glorious, colorful - incredibly visually interesting.
Lee

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Incredible on April 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for even the littlest (2 or so). If they have ever been to a city, they will recognize their favorite things here: fire engines, taxis, tall buildings. The repetitive text and clear "star" of each 2-page spread make it fun for beginning readers or a larger group of kids to guess what might be a difficult word (e.g. building). And there are lots of details to pore over one-on-one. This book really captures the excitement of a busy, vibrant city in a joyful, childlike way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Kowanko on August 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Every child should own this book...it immediately bacame my son's favorite and we read it virtually every night. We now have two copies...one for our son and one as a coffee table book. Wow City! along with Wow America, Beasty Bath and Courage of the Blue Boy are now my standard new baby gifts. I'll buy any new book Robert Neubecker puts out - he's an amazing talent!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Glorious, colorful - incredibly visually interesting. My 13-month old loves looking at all of the pictures, and works diligently to fund the "doggy" in each one! Lots of fun for adults, too. I see something new every time we read it....highly recommended for any (and ALL) ages!
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I purchased this book the morning I left a week-long business trip from NYC back to midd-of-no-where, USA. My two year old son has never been to a big city, and I'm sure had no idea about where Mommy was, so this book was perfect for showing him where Mommy had been.

I knew he'd like the book because he loves the "No! David." series by David Shannon that only have two words or so on each page with big, bright illustrations. They give the reader a chance to make up a different story each time they read it, which keeps the book fresh for both the kid and the reader...even after months of reading it every single night.

Although my little man has had the book for several months, it is the first one he wants every night before bed. He points out all the dogs (there is one on each page somewhere) and works on naming what he sees (bike, stroller, bus...)in the illustrations. It is also the first book he has ever asked for by name.

If I knew how to contact the author, I would send him flowers in a heartbeat and a big "Thank You" card. My son, and family, are big fans.

Wow. Great Book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tamara E. Shannon on May 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful! We could not put this book down and our grandchildren are hooked. Izzie is our new hero! We can't wait to see where she leads us next.
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By sadalit on October 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This extra-large book has just two words on every page, but so much going on in the pictures that you can pore over it with your baby, toddler, or preschooler as long as you like. Our six-month-old boy enjoys it just as much as our three-and-a-half-year-old girl. Really worth the investment, you can tell that a ton of energy and love went into making this book.
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