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In the City: Our Scrapbook of Souvenirs Hardcover – September 1, 2008

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A family vacation is what brings siblings Frankie, Henry, and Penny to the big city, where they quickly lose themselves among the 3,425,740 people. The kids take turns summarizing each location visited, including a city square, zoo, market, beach, and skyscraper, narrating the events and the detailing the souvenirs gathered with the appropriate mundanity of a diary entry: “I kept a bottle of shampoo and some shower caps as souvenirs.” The real star here is the dizzying artwork, sort of a watercolor take on Where’s Waldo? (1987) that invites any reader to scrutinize the jam-packed scenes for the details mentioned by the children. There’s so much going on that everyone will find something different; does anyone else see that piano being dropped from the bridge? Harvey has a mischievous mind—particularly in his cutaway view of the city sewers—and sharp-eyed readers will find plenty of cackling monsters (and some tiny naked people, too) cavorting in the margins. Truly fearless searchers can examine the endpapers, which feature a bird’s-eye map of the entire city. Grades 1-3. --Daniel Kraus

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"Gloriously intricate illustrations full of humor, warmth, and good fun...readers of all ages will delight in pouring over them."  —Good Reading, on At the Beach


"Each double page is a delight of detail and begs to be read again and again."  —Reading Time, on At the Beach


"This is a great choice for any young Where's Wally? fans. The intricate and detailed illustrations will keep you and your little one very busy searching for cleverly hidden items."  —Small Wonders, on At the Beach
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741144132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741144130
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Deb HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The city is a wonderful place to visit and if you don't go there very often it can be a marvelous adventure full of wondrous things to look at and experience. Frankie, Henry, Penny and their parents drove over the "bridge in the shuttle bus" and "saw the top of the world's tallest building disappearing into the clouds," and that was only the beginning of the excitement. All the kids were going to write about their experiences in their own souvenir scrapbooks.

The city is alive with activity and the family is anxious to be a part of it for a while. Even the simple things like people heading to work look exciting to someone who lives in the country. Uncle Kev was showing them the ropes and shortly after noon Penny claimed they had "seen 3,425,740 people already and a dragon." They bought souvenirs, traveled to "the biggest store in town," went to the zoo, went to the market (the "smelliest place in the world), visited the Esplanade, they went up in a hot air balloon and a whole bunch of other places. If you're country folk and have been to a big city you can relate!

I loved browsing the pictures in this book. They remind me of the bustling artwork in the Where's Waldo books, but the palette is a bit more subtle. The marvelous illustrations are so detailed and busy the reader can spend hours just looking at them. The children were talking and writing in their own voices and it could be quite amusing in some spots. For example, Henry claims that while visiting the market "Penny didn't like the meat section because she suffers from Vegetaria." If you haven't been to a big city is some time, just save yourself the time and take a trip through this book . . . the kids will make sure you have a fabulous time!
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