Hello, friends! Our book today In The City by Dominika Lipniewska, a colorful look at all the things a major city has to offer.
The city (unnamed and geographically ambiguous) wakes slowly, but soon begins to positively hum with life. Each spread explores a different aspect of city life – people, professions, vehicles, noises, foods, buildings, animals, etc. – and the myriad of diversity found therein. Little readers can interact with the text, which questions which sound in a page of city noises might be the loudest (the helicopter? the jackhammer?) or who might still be awake in a city once everyone else goes to sleep (such as the various denizens of a hospital). When the sun sets then rises again, the city’s day begins once more, a beautiful rainbow of life all living together in one place.
Simple yet sweet. Done in a distinctly Scandinavian modern art style, the colorful, abstract characters and settings are full of charm and visual interest without being overwhelming for little eyes. The simple, straightforward text keeps the story light and brisk while educating and encouraging reader participation. The length was fine, and JJ loved pointing out all the elements of each illustration, such as animals at the zoo or different foods on a table. A lovely trip to the city for beginner bookworms, and we enjoyed it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)