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B Is for Brooklyn Hardcover – August 21, 2012
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From School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-The most colorful, populous borough of New York City comes alive in this eye-popping alphabet book. Beginning with a neighborhood map, each page is an exuberant celebration of the myriad places and people within. There are antique shops along Atlantic Avenue, the aquarium, the Cyclone roller coaster in Coney Island, the public library and museums, bridges, playgrounds, a petting zoo at Prospect Park, stoop sales, street fairs. ... Hungry? Locals have a hot dog at Nathan's or some cheesecake at Junior's. There's also pizza, egg creams, Italian ices, borscht, sausage, and falafel. Arabic shop signs, the Russian Baths, and the West Indian Parade are more evidence of this borough of immigrants. People of diverse skin tones and dress populate the pages. A dreadlocked dad pushes a baby stroller, a tattooed tough chick hangs out under the Brooklyn Bridge, and a Hasidic man appears with his family in Williamsburg. Writers and intellectuals sitting with laptops at neighborhood cafes, a street musician playing the xylophone on Avenue X, shoppers with turbans or hijabs, children running to the ice-cream truck-all call Brooklyn "home." Subtle elements including bits of street maps, postage stamps, fabric swatches, tickets, and crossword puzzles are incorporated into the vibrant, gouache-and-collage illustrations. A must-have for local libraries.-Barbara Auerbach, P.S. 217, Brooklyn, New York α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
“Alko's cheery mixed-media collages feature everything from ticket stubs to subway tiles to tearings from the New York Times best-seller list, accompanied by broad-brush paintings of the city's multicultural inhabitants. In this spirited rendition of Brooklyn, a baby-toting mother celebrates the local outdoor pleasures alongside an interracial couple, a mustachioed gentleman in his 50s and a blond girl in a wheelchair. A particularly gorgeous Mermaid Parade struts by for the letter M. With hoopla like this, wavering Manhattanites may wind up in Fort Greene rather than Larchmont.” ―The New York Times
“The most colorful, populous borough of New York City comes alive in this eye-popping alphabet book.” ―School Library Journal
“...a loving tribute that successfully captures Brooklyn's diversity and character.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred
“...a welcome celebration of its rich ethnic, culinary, racial and religious diversity.” ―Kirkus
“The artwork is bright, clear, and just a little surreal as subway maps and grids are incorporated into most of the paintings.” ―School Library Journal on My Subway Ride
“Funky, fun gouache and mixed-media illustrations . . . refreshingly nondidactic story.” ―Booklist on I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother
“[The book] will certainly be appreciated by biracial families, and the loving and anticipatory atmosphere may connect with any expectant family wondering who the new baby will take after.” ―School Library Journal on I'm Your Peanut Butter Big Brother
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I love the vibrancy and diversity of Brooklyn, and the book shows how fun it all is.
Ultimate proof: my boy John keeps reading it over+over again!