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In the City


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Roland Harvey is one of Australia's favourite illustrators, loved for his humour and his intriguing, detailed artwork. His recent books include the bestselling At the Beach and In the Bush, and Roland Harvey's Big Book of Christmas. His illustrations also feature in My Place in Space, It's True! Burke and Wills Forgot the Frying Pan, and the Bonnie and Sam series featuring the horses and ponies of Currawong Creek.


This picture book features three children, Frankie, Henry and Penny, who are visiting the city and whose observations contribute to the subtitle of this book: 'Our Scrapbook of Souvenirs.' But, like its companions, At the Beach and In the Bush, this is no ordinary picture book, rather, it is a snapshot of daily life in a busy city brought to life by Roland Harvey's wonderful illustrations and clever, entertaining text. Determined to visit everything the city has to offer-from the bizarre (a sewer tour in the rain), to the more conventional (a city zoo)-each child brings their own interpretation to the day's events, while Harvey's brilliantly detailed drawings of their excursions (each one a double-page spread), provide their own entertainment. Older children will appreciate the wit of the text (for example: '...and a Peregrine falcon ... and a Peregrine falcon's eggs! ... and a Peregrine shorts'), while younger readers will enjoy searching for the pictures the text describes. Harvey has apparently recently moved from the beach and bush to live close to a city, which may have heightened his awareness of just how much goes on in a busy city-much of it often unnoticed-and how, even in the midst of such bustling activity, little pockets of magic can still be found. Be sure to look at the endpapers, as well as the rather lovely dedication. Hilary Adams works in a specialist children's bookshop in Sydney

"There's a great deal to engage with the illustrations an invitation to look, look some more, and then look again." "Practical Parenting" on "At the Beach""

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