April 20, 2018

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Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli | SLJ Review

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redstarFRANCESCHELLI, Christopher. Cityblock. illus. by Peskimo. 96p. Abrams Appleseed. Sept. 2016. Board $16.95. ISBN 9781419721892.

cityblockPreS-Gr 1 –This cleverly designed board book will delight young readers and grown-ups alike. Readers accompany a grandfather and his two children as they explore the big city via various modes of transportation at street level and aboveground and belowground. Peskimo’s vivid palette and playful cartoon art bring the metropolis and all of its diverse inhabitants to life. Cutout shapes and varied peek-through designs allow children to predict what will be revealed on the following page. The simple text and accompanying illustrations make this an excellent choice for beginning readers or as a read-aloud. City kids will be able to relate to their familiar sights, sounds, and landmarks, and this makes a fine introduction for rural and suburban children, who can make comparisons to their towns. VERDICT A wonderful addition to any preschool collection.–Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City

This review was published in the School Library Journal November 2016 issue.