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Hardcover Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-0-4
  • 36 pages
  • $17.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-1-1
  • 36 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-2-8
  • 36 pages
  • $9.99
Wander New York
Reese Traves, author

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

Come explore New York City with Fitz the Fox as he visits the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, Central Park, and more NYC landmarks!

Will he be able to see the penguin feeding? It’s so soon! Ride along with Fitz as he cleverly figures out a solution to a subway snafu, and experience the delight found at each and every turn and the fun it is to wander, wonder and learn!

This whimsical story of New York City is told in rhyming verse to entertain even the smallest explorers.

Reviews
It’s a busy day in the Big Apple for Fitz the fox and his mother in Traves and Traves’s whimsically illustrated, engaging, and information-packed debut book. A yellow cab whisks Fitz and his mother into Manhattan, where they take a ferry to their first destination, the towering Lady Liberty. From there, the foxes travel by foot and subway to other iconic New York City tourist attractions that include the Brooklyn Bridge (depicted as blissfully car-free), dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History, and a bustling Grand Central Station. Fitz even learns how to use his map and find a route to the Bronx Zoo after he and his mother miss the Central Park Zoo subway stop.

This charming picture book allows readers to experience New York City vicariously as they join Fitz on a trip that is both fun and educational. Reese Traves’s friendly narrative and Jon Traves’s detailed, colorful illustrations capture Fitz’s sense of adventure as well as the quintessential character and energy of New York City. The young fox’s realistic experience in the city encompasses a range of emotions, such as the delight of climbing a “ginormous” rock and curiosity about Grand Central Station’s leaf and acorn motifs.

The visual emphasis of certain words in the sometimes stilted rhyming text adds a dynamic element: “It said CLOSED?! The train did not STOP?!/ This is not opportune./ We are LATE and the Central Park/ penguin feeding is soon!” The use of various modes of transportation will intrigue children who live outside cities and feel warmly familiar to urbanites, and trivia notes in tiny type will appeal to factoid fans. The friendly anthropomorphic characters will captivate children’s attention and spark conversation. This is a perfect story for children looking forward to, or anxious about, a proposed trip to New York.

Takeaway: This enticing child’s-eye-view of New York City is perfect for young tourists getting ready to explore the city.

Great for fans of Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?, Salvatore Rubbino’s A Walk in New York.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: A
Editing: B
Marketing copy: A

Kirkus Reviews

 “This series opener offers a welcoming look at New York... charming, creative illustrations…an entertaining, educational introduction to New York for readers of all ages.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-0-4
  • 36 pages
  • $17.99
Paperback Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-1-1
  • 36 pages
  • $12.99
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-1-7346021-2-8
  • 36 pages
  • $9.99

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