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On the Loose in Boston (Find the Animals) Hardcover – May 15, 2009

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It can be hard to find new books that capture the essence of Boston as well as Make Way for Ducklings does, but Sage Stossel's new book On the Loose in Boston is one book for Bostonians to take a good, close look at.

And to clarify, I mean a very good, very close look since in this book the game is to locate many creatively hidden animals on every page. You see, the Franklin Park Zoo animals are wandering through Boston causing all kinds of mischief. Stossel entices the reader using pen and watercolor illustrations to create a visual essence that is Boston in all its glory. Not only are the illustrations awesome, Stossel engages the reader with challenging searches for the Franklin Park Zoo animals artistically hidden among her drawings, and she entertains us with a rhyming plot that tickles the tongue with wonderful vocabulary.

My eight-year-old Trey and I sat down to read this book at bedtime the other night only to find that we became captured by the search challenges and could not put the book away until every last zoo animal was found. This book is a fantastic gift for Bostonians and visitors alike as it features all the hot Boston spots that you know and love. The details Stossel uses in her illustrations are amazing and my son said that he loved the "great views." Trey's excitement as he said, "We've been there!" at every page turn was priceless. This book could easily provide hours of entertainment at home or in the car and even includes a website where children can make their own Boston comic book.

As a teacher and mother I have bought many books and continue to search for books that can entertain beyond one reading. Sage Stossel's book On the Loose in Boston could easily do that! --BostonMamas.com, June 24, 2009

The astute Commonwealth Editions books in Beverly has a line of children's books and launched several delightful titles for young readers last year. The ever-wry Sage Stossel (whose cartoons often brighten our day in the Globe) checks in with a find-the-animals book called On the Loose in Boston, in which Franklin Park Zoo animals pop up in the darndest places. --The Boston Globe, February 1, 2010

About the Author

Sage Stossel, author of On the Loose in Boston, On the Loose in DC, and On the Loose in Philadelphia, is an Atlantic contributing editor and a cartoonist for the Boston Globe, the Atlantic.com, the Provincetown Banner (for which she received a New England Press Association Award), and elsewhere. Her cartoons have been featured by the New York Times, CNN Headline News, Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, and other venues. Her graphic novel, Starling, was published in 2013.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Find the Animals
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Editions (May 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933212926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933212920
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2012
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Animals have escaped from The Franklin Zoo, and this new book gives your child the perfect opportunity to find them.

What a terrific book Sage Stossel has written, and he is the illustrator to boot. This book takes the child to almost every neighborhood in Boston. My granddaughter recognized some of the scenes. What fun we had finding the animals, and there were so many to find, in such strange places. This book came alive for both of us as we traveled from one neighborhood to another. The illustrations are fabulous! The colors, the figures, the buildings all seemed so real. My granddaughter fell in love with this book, and she sits and makes up her own stories to fit the pictures.

The only recommendation I would make is to cut down on the amount of animals in each neighborhood. The pages are so full of exquisite things to look at, that less is better. A minor point, however. The book is entrancing in its own right.

I would recommend this book to anyone, and, in particular, those who live in or near Boston, or Massachusetts.

Highly Recommended. prisrob 05-13-12

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Another great book from Sage Stossel! Both my kids love this - it can be read as a short story or the kids can pour over each page finding the animals, so it fits a good range of ages and is fun to go back to again and again. Being from Boston, I love how it evokes the neighborhoods and sites so well and the kids enjoy seeing places they've visited. The kids love the fun detailed drawings and the challenging searches, and the silly things they notice while they're searching for the animals. The kids enjoy Where's Waldo and I Spy Books, but On the Loose is more fun and I really enjoy reading it with them too. This is my go-to gift for all the kids on our Christmas list this year!
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Ahhh Boston is so historical. Sure it is old but it is also lovely. The best schools and hospitals in the world are here. The sporting fans are unlike any others I have met around the country. These people mean business. Great educational book for the small fry too.
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We've had this book for 2 years and our daughter (now 4) still enjoys hunting through its pages. The illustrations are fun and very cartoonish, which sometimes adds to the challenge since we can't always recognize all the animals. We live near Boston, and this is our go-to present when we have kids visiting with us. It's fun to have them read the book then go out to the actual places. This is probably the 3rd or 4th time we've bought this book.
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I bought this for for a couple who lives in Boston, loves animals, and are expecting their first child soon. I have to say, this book was a complete hit at the baby shower. The story is cute and the pictures -- which depict Boston landmarks like the Common, Faneuil Hall, the Public Garden, among many others -- are interesting and beautiful. Wonderful book!
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This is a great book for kids - entertaining, keeps them engaged, and they learn to identify different types of animals (lemurs etc) along the way. Great as gifts too, esp. if you or your recipient has Boston connections.
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On the Loose in Boston This was a birthday present for my grandson's third birthday. I watched him open it from my computer and saw him look for the animals hidden in the picture. I remember my children having books that had hidden objects. This book goes a step farther and shows sites of Boston, where he lives, and animals, which he loves.
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This is a great "hidden object" book along the lines of "Where's Waldo" or "I Spy". My 4-year-old son got this book as a gift, and both he and my 7-year-old daughter have been enjoying it immensely.

Like "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey, this book pays homage to the city of Boston. Each two-page spread features detailed, colorful watercolor paintings of iconic Boston locations that are full of bustling people.

Here is a list of the places included:
- The Franklin Park Zoo
- The North End
- Faneuil Hall
- The Esplanade
- Chinatown
- Liberty Square
- The Public Garden
- The Boston Common
- Fenway Park
- Newbury Street
- The Museum of Fine Arts

I like this book even better than other "hidden object" books because there is a rhyming story that goes with it - the animals of the Franklin Park Zoo are loose all over the city! For each painting, there is a rhyming couplet and a list of animals to look for.

The very last page is almost like a "bonus" - there is a maze through which you need to lead various animals back to the zoo.

This book is perfect for children - like mine! - who live in or around Boston and who will find joy in recognizing familiar scenes. Now that I know about this book, I also think it would make a great gift FROM a Boston native to a child in another part of the country / world. (I am already thinking of giving a copy of this book to my nephew living in France, since he associates me with Boston.) Additionally, if you're planning a trip to Boston with your children, this book can be given in advance to help get them excited about upcoming sites they will see, or you can break it out later and it would make a great souvenir.
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