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Review of In New York

brown_in new yorkIn New York
by Marc Brown; illus. by the author
Preschool, Primary    Knopf    40 pp.
3/14    978-0-375-86454-4    $17.99
Library ed.  978-0-375-96454-1    $20.99
e-book ed.  978-0-307-97444-0    $10.99

Join the little blue-capped boy from the cover as he and his father make cameo appearances throughout this enthusiastically busy guide to New York City. Just about all of Manhattan’s child-pleasing sites get a place in Brown’s stupendously detailed gouache-and-watercolor pictures, from the top of the Empire State Building at sunset to Rockefeller Center at Christmas, and what a double-page spread that makes for, the tree lights glowing amidst a snowstorm. Other scenes include the Statue of Liberty, the dinosaur gallery of the American Museum of Natural History, a cross-section of a double-decker subway platform (with a double-decker tourist bus on the lively street above), and a great seat for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, a big balloon of Brown’s Arthur smiling benevolently from above. The text is minimal but inviting (“wherever you walk in New York, you’ll see a great parade of people passing by”), and the endpapers offer additional child-friendly vignettes and facts. Appended info includes phone numbers and websites for all the highlights. Book your trip now!

From the March/April 2014 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Well, as one who lives just minutes from Manhattan, I am always taken by books about the Big Apple, and I have every intention of getting this one out on loan. Marc Brown is an accomplished artist and I proceed here with the utmost confidence based on your wonderful and glowing review and his past performance. The dinosaur exhibit at the Museum of Natural History, Miss Liberty and the observation deck of the ESB are iconic locales and good to hear the steaming mass of people is visually transcribed. I’m in!

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