Saturday, October 20, 2018

Picture books about "Cities" - (1) CITY and (2) A WORLD OF CITIES from Candlewick Press [Review and Giveaway]

Big cities and small cities, towns and villages all around the world. Cottages, houses, duplex apartments, and high-rise apartments. Cities are home. Home to millions of people.

City by Ingela P. Arrhenius

My thoughts:  This is a huge book. Remarkably well suited for read-aloud times to classes and library groups but also appropriate for the child at home to plop down on the floor and gaze-to-learn scanning page after page of interesting people, places, and stuff about cities.

Designed for the young child, there are NO WORDS. Well, basically no words. This is a "make your imagination" do the storytelling type of book or a "let's talk about that" type of book.

So if you have the space for a huge book, this is a good one. Oversized at 13.4" x 18.2" it is a hefty book though only 1/2" thick. Hardcover with heavy paper make for a sturdy read.

About the book: From the designer behind Animals comes another eye-catching oversize offering: thirty-two vivid images honoring the sights and staples of our cities.

After turning heads and delighting readers with her giant book of animals, Swedish children’s designer Ingela P. Arrhenius turns her talents to the many attractions that make cities so special. Iconic urban images are featured on every page — from subways to skyscrapers, museums to cafes, fountains to sidewalk newsstands. Each bold, graphic image is set apart by a different typeface, transforming a whimsical celebration of cities into an artfully designed title for every bookshelf.

A world of Cities by James Brown

ISBN: 9780763698799
Hardcover $25.00
Size 10.9" x 14.8"
Grades 2-5 (and up)
My thoughts:  This is one of those books that kids will love to repeatedly return to and browse gleaning bits and pieces of information. Tucked away in the bold, graphic illustrations are cultural, architectural, person-orientated, and historically rich information bites that a child (or adult) will enjoy learning and tucking away in the regions of their minds.

The snippets or bites of information range from interesting, knowledgeable, to actually fun. There is so much to be learned from this book. Ideal for the family that travels to help the children "see" the city ahead of time and hide these nuggets of information in their minds prior to visiting.

The text runs around the borders of the page, tucked into spaces parallel to buildings, under bridges, etc. This is "spot on" for capturing the interest of the child that doesn't engage well with a standard written book with text in pages of paragraphs.

For the family or child that doesn't have an opportunity to travel, this opens a world to them. An exciting world of cities vastly different and yet with a sameness.

I highly recommend this book for homes and libraries.

About the book: From the lights of Paris to the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, the world is yours to explore in this comprehensive tour of thirty dazzling cities across the globe.

A corner of a page and you can see the detail and how information
is tucked into all types of spaces.
Visit places you have only dreamed of in an elegant celebration of cities around the world. From Shanghai, Berlin, and Cairo to Seoul, Delhi, and Rome, explore each locale by way of bold illustrations and unlock a miscellany of intriguing facts. Did you know that Prague has the world’s oldest still-working astronomical clock? Or that there are more museums in Mexico City than anywhere else in the world? In a follow-up to international bestseller A World of Information, printmaker James Brown has skillfully rendered each city in a stylistic nod to vintage travel posters, while incorporating historical and cultural facts for inquisitive minds to devour. Wander the distinctive cities of the world, all from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.


Who can enter? City dwellers & country folks
2 Books for 1 Winner
Begins October 21
Ends November 11 at 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA/CANADA addresses only.
DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies from Candlewick Press to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given. The publisher will provide and ship the winner's copies.


  1. "(1) One other picture book you would like to have." "Under Water, Under Earth" by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski.

    "(2) One picture book you would like reviewed here on Chat With Vera." "Imagine" by Juan Felipe Herrera.

  2. 1. I would like the book The Princess in Black it sounds fun.
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  5. These both look like great additions to any library! Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on!

  6. I would like a review of Sing a Song of Seasons and would like to have Loving Hands.

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