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
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*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 MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved