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.
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.
Design and typography: A-
Marketing copy: A
“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