Synopses & Reviews
and#160; When a group of students wins a trip to New York City, accompanied by their teacher, they arenand#8217;t sure where to start. Soon enough, theyand#8217;re roaming the city, from the Statue of Liberty to Times Square, from Chinatown to Central Park, in order to discover what makes New York one of the greatest cities on Earth.
Structured like the popular song and#147;The Twelve Days of Christmas,and#8221; Tonya Boldenand#8217;s text captures the fun and fast-paced spirit of New York, while Gilbert Fordand#8217;s illustrations embody its dynamic beauty and odd quirks. The book includes a map of all five boroughs of the city highlighting kid-friendly places to see when you visit.
Praise for 12 Days of New York
"Ford's illustrations, rendered in a variety of media including India ink, gouache, dyes and Photoshop, depict the city in bright, glowing tones that are cartoonlike but manage to capture the essence of the people and places."
"Fordand#8217;s mixed-media art features chunky India ink outlines and a broad palette that portrays afternoon, twilight, indoor, and outdoor scenes with equal skilland#133; While the venues are recognizable, the adventurous perspectives Ford uses gives them a welcome freshness."
"Richly colored cartoon illustrations, with a dialogue bubble here and there for added humor, depict the wide-eyed characters and their surroundings with a fair amount of detail without overwhelmingand#133; A jolly jaunt introducing a few classic Big Apple landmarks."
and#151;School Library Journal
"It often takes a visitor to point out a city's treasures, and London artist Rubbino does just that in his debut, taking readers on a lively armchair tour of Manhattan sights as seen through the eyes of a day-tripping boy and his dad. First stop: bustling Grand Central Terminal, awash in sunlight that streams through the station's massive windows and onto 'so many people all in a hurry.' The book's large trim size and the illustrator's perspective provide an entertaining and palpable sense of scale as the small boy marvels at skyscrapers and landmarks like the Flatiron Building and the main New York Public Library building. Design highlights include a vertical foldout of the Empire State Building; the subsequent spread offers a downtown view from its 86th-floor observatory. Each busy scene features exuberant narration from the boy ('This department store is called Macy's. Dad says that you can buy anything from a dishrag to a diamond inside'), as well as smaller captions of geographical or historical significance. Neophytes and jaded residents alike will embrace this vibrant and enticing slice of the Big Apple. Ages 4 up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
New York City — the perfect place for a boy and his dad to spend the day! Follow them on their walk around Manhattan, from Grand Central Terminal to the top of the Empire State Building, from Greenwich Village to the Statue of Liberty, learning lots of facts and trivia along the way. In this unabashed ode to Americas biggest city, Salvatore Rubbinos fresh, lively paintings and breezy text capture the delight of a young visitor experiencing the wonders of New York firsthand.
About the Author
Tonya Bolden has written numerous award-winning books for kids, including Maritcha, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. She lives in New York City. Gilbert Ford has illustrated the covers for the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, Horton Halfpott, and Peter Nimble. He lives in New York City.