Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: Chicago ABC/San Francisco ABC by John Skewes


ABOUT THE BOOK

Discover Chicago from A (The Art Institute of Chicago) to Z (Lincoln Park Zoo), and everything in between! D is for Deep-Dish Pizza, G is for Grant Park, and R is for the Chicago River. Kids will have fun learning about the city as they learn their ABCs. In this companion to the best-selling Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, the dog, Larry, and his owner, Pete, take an alphabetical journey through the Windy City. Attractions that Larry visits in the book include:

The Art Institute of Chicago
Shedd Aquarium
Wrigley Field
The Field Museum of Natural History
Grant Park
John Hancock Center
O’Hare International Airport
Willis Tower

With Larry, the lovable (if easily distracted) pup, as the tour guide and vibrant retro illustrations by creator John Skewes, the Larry Gets Lost series offers fun and family-friendly travelogues to famous cities including New York City; San Francisco; Washington, DC; and Seattle--complete with information on each city's landmarks and cultural attractions.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR

John Skewes is a professional illustrator living in Seattle, WA.  He began work as a product designer and character artist for Disney Consumer Products before leaving to start his own company, Retrodyne Industries, in 2001.  His clients include Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Fox, Pixar, and Simon & Schuster.  As the creator and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost children's book series, John has followed Larry from the southern tip of Texas to tiny Nome, Alaska, and has been lost several times himself.  He has illustrated over 20 children's books, including the Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

REVIEW

Showcasing a variety of things such as foods, activities, and attractions, Larry, an adorable pup and Pete, his boy, take the reader on a tour of Chicago.  With a mix colors for different features, this is a cute book perfect for young Chicagoans.  I especially enjoyed looking for where Pete and Larry showed up in each picture and young readers are bound to as well.  Like many alphabet books there are a few letters that seem forced such as K is for kids or q is for quick or x marks the spot where Chicago is.  But since those letters are usually the hardest to find appropriate words/phrases for its, its a minor issue. 


ABOUT THE BOOK


Discover San Francisco from A (Alcatraz) to Z (The San Francisco Zoo), and everything in between! G is for the Golden Gate Bridge, L is for Lombard Street, and W is for the Wharf. Kids will have fun discovering the city as they learn their ABCs. In this companion to the best-selling Larry Gets Lost in San Francisco, the dog, Larry, and his owner, Pete, take an alphabetical journey through the City by the Bay. Attractions that Larry visits in the book include:

Alcatraz
Bay Bridge
Cable Cars
Dragon Gate
Embarcadero
Ferry Building
Golden Gate Bridge
Japanese Tea Garden
Union Square

With Larry, the lovable (if easily distracted) pup, as the tour guide and vibrant retro illustrations by creator John Skewes, the Larry Gets Lost series offers fun and family-friendly travelogues to famous cities including New York City; Chicago; Washington, DC; and Seattle--complete with information on each city's landmarks and cultural attractions.


REVIEW

Following Larry and Pete through San Francisco makes for an entertaining and informative look at a famous city. They visit the wharf, Nob Hill, take a ride on a trolley, as well as stopping for ice cream and looking at sea lions.  The illustrations are full of vibrant colors with a vintage feel.  But through it all, Larry's bright nose leads them from adventure to adventure.  An alphabet book with a strong geographic flavor, San Francisco ABC fills an unusual niche in the stuffed realm of alphabet book world.

 

1 comment:

  1. I love ABC books based in places and these are two great cities to introduce kids to through the alphabet. Looking forward to getting my hands on these. Thanks for the post!

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