City Lullaby

Marilyn Singer and Carll Cneut‘s City Lullaby is a traffic-loving child’s counting dream, chronicling all the many street noises that don’t disturb a city baby’s sleep. School Library Journal calls it a “clever countdown” in “witty, descriptive rhymes countered by the continued amazement that the child sleeps through it all: cell phones ringing, dogs barking, trash cans clanging, kids playing b-ball, until the gentle chirps of a single bird awaken the youngster. The art is effectively designed with the vibrantly layered chaos and crayon-box colors of a cityscape on the left pages, and the baby’s sleeping face—a few simple lines and dots delivering a study of blissful repose—on the right.” Whenever I cheat and call “b-ball” “basketball,” James corrects me: he’s decided it’s a game in its own league, like this book itself. Giggle factor: not applicable. Adult enjoyment: likely. Illustrations: four jelly jars. To read a longer review in the New York Times, click here.

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~ by kaychubbuck on November 8, 2010.

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