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dawnay_london callsMaybe because it’s vacation season, or because London is always calling me, but this inviting little book appealed to me as soon as I saw it. In London Calls! (TATE, March 2015), two characters — Granny Rose and Pearl — lead the reader through a whirlwind visit to London: “Big Ben is chiming; it’s quarter to eight and London is calling, we mustn’t be late.”

Beginning with a stop in Parliament Square, Gabby Dawnay’s rhyming text introduces London’s major highlights, as well as some of its personality and quirks: “There’s a wheel with an Eye on a city that boasts ancient towers and dungeons…that shiver with ghosts.” Alex Barrow’s illustrations have a retro style, making the book feel reminiscent of M. Sasek’s classic This Is London. At the back of the book, Granny Rose and Pearl provide the reader with more information about London, as well as a seek-and-find activity.

The book’s title is a reference to The Clash song (and album) “London Calling,” which in turn was derived from the greeting the BBC used in overseas radio broadcasts during WWII, “This is London calling…”

I would love to answer the call — I just need someone to buy me a plane ticket.

About Molly Glover

Molly Glover is an editorial intern at The Horn Book.

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