From the late 1950s into the 70s, artist Sasek produced eighteen delightfully illustrated children’s guides to world-class cities. With his witty observations, they became beloved bestsellers. For this century’s readers, they’ve been reissued and are still irresistible. Take a trip to New York and see the sights (a page at the end will bring readers up to date). See the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, but also policemen, street vendors, tiny alleys and, best of all, ethnic neighborhoods with groceries, restaurants, and shops. Try a bus or subway, or cross the Brooklyn Bridge to view Manhattan at night. Sasek evokes the bustle and hustle, the going up and down, the crowds, clanging fire trucks, and enterprising shoeshine boys. Visit Macy’s and the Guggenheim Museum--examine a Tyrannosaurus at the Museum of Natural History. Celebrate the city and Sasek on this retro trip that even includes some New York history!
2003, All Ages
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.