12 Days of New York review-Publishers Weekly

Here is a great review from Publishers Weekly for the picture book that I illustrated entitled 12 Days of New York, available for purchase on March 12th.

Bolden (Finding Family) riffs on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in this tour of New York City, chronicled by a visiting teacher and her students: “On our first day in New York,/ Just guess what we did see…/ The Statue of Liberty.” While Bolden’s verse may not be quite as mellifluous as the original, it still provides a satisfying overview of the city’s highlights as the crew treks to Chinatown for “Six Treats Amazing”; Grand Central Station, where there are “Eight Babes a-Bawling”; and the South Street Seaport to hear 12 drummers drumming. Ford’s (Flying Lessons) mixed-media art features chunky India ink outlines and a broad palette that portrays afternoon, twilight, indoor, and outdoor scenes with equal skill. Better yet, while the venues are recognizable, the adventurous perspectives Ford uses (an extreme close-up of the Statue of Liberty’s face, for instance) give them a welcome freshness. A map on a final spread identifies all the stops in the book and points out other areas of interest. Ages 5–8. Author’s agent: Jennifer Lyons, Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Mar.)

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