Synopses & Reviews
Matteo Pericoli began his spectacular drawing of Manhattan in 1998. Manhattan Unfurled
was published in October 2001 and was quickly embraced by New York City and the entire country. In this new version for young people, the drawing is bound into two sections (East Side and West Side) in an unusual and eye-catching new format. Pericoli adds simple text, and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he came to create his drawing (the journey includes boat rides, a motorcycle, and hundreds of photographs). He also enourages kids to seeand drawa place in a whole new way. “Draw everything,” he tells them, “and youll know a place as you never did before.” A wonderful tribute to Manhattan, to cities, and to thinking like an artist.
Praise for Matteo Pericolis Manhattan Unfurled (Random House adult trade):
“Pericoli has fixed a moment of the ever-shifting skyline, and done so with delicacy and authority.”The New York Times Book Review
“Pericolis drawing is at once monumental and gentle . . . together the buildings seem almost to be swaying softly in a chorus line along the Hudson.”The New Yorker
“Seen through [Pericolis] eyes, Manhattan takes on the quality of Maurice Sendaks Where the Wild Things Are.”Vogue
"This switchback book, bound in a unique Z format that opens in two directions, pictures the Manhattan skyline from the Hudson and East Rivers. Pericoli initially created two 37-foot scrolls, reproduced in the accordion-folded Manhattan unfurled; in this meticulous, affectionate version (his first book for young people), manageable double-page spreads preserve his detailed pen-and-ink renderings of architecture, trees and choppy water. Part one, 'The West Side,' navigates from the northernmost point 'where the Bronx ends' to Manhattan's southern tip circa 2000; the Twin Towers' still presence haunts the pages and suggests mutability ('One day, new buildings will be built and the skyline will, once again, be different'). Readers flip the book for part two, 'The East Side,' depicting the Brooklyn Bridge, U.N. and other landmarks. Pericoli began his work by taking 'hundreds of photographs' on a boat tour, and he sets his horizon line low on the page. White negative space above the tall buildings serves as the open sky and as a canvas for offhand remarks. Penciled-in arrows point to neighborhoods and sites such as 'The Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (on a ship!).' Pericoli marvels at what he once took for granted ('Another water tower!') and at the project's rigors ('From here to here, I drew 2,215 windows'). In an unobtrusive narrative along the bottom margin, he reflects that 'drawing is learning' and invites readers along, 'Try and you'll find out.... You may think, 'I already know this view very well,' since you see it every day. But you'll be surprised to find out just how many things you... never noticed before.' Like David Macaulay, Pericoli dazzles with his style and conveys warm appreciation of that which seems ordinary. Ages 6-10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Matteo Pericoli is an Italian-born architect and illustratorwhose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harpers. His most recent book is Manhattan Within (Random House adult trade). He lives with his wife in New York City, not far from the Hudson River.