Cover image for Nana in the city
Title:
Nana in the city
Author:
Castillo, Lauren, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Boston : Clarion Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
Physical Description:
40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A young boy is frightened by how busy and noisy the city is when he goes there to visit his Nana, but she makes him a fancy red cape that keeps him from being scared as she shows him how wonderful a place it is.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780544104433
Format :
Book

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A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary--but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city.


Author Notes


Lauren Castillo has illustrated many picture books and has also written and illustrated several, including the Caldecott Honor book Nana in the City . She lives in Harrisburg, PA, and you can also find her at www.laurencastillo.blogspot.com and follow her on Twitter @studiocastillo.


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Booklist Review

When a little boy arrives in a big city to stay with Nana in her new apartment, he is overwhelmed and scared by the noise, the crowds, and the new experiences, from subway trains to panhandlers to graffiti. That next morning, though, he feels brave in the red cape Nana has knitted for him brave enough to venture out with her to explore. Now confident, he embraces new experiences and finds the city filled with extraordinary things! The short, simple text reads aloud well, and the watercolor artwork extends the narrative's tone and content beautifully. Strong, expressive black lines define the characters and settings, while autumn colors and interesting textures help bring the images to life. Children will want to linger over the busy urban scenes, discovering for themselves what might scare or excite the boy, while watching his body language convey his initial fears and his later engagement with all that he sees. A rewarding picture book with a vibrant setting.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

"I love my nana," a boy explains, "but I don't love the city." She greets him with a hug, but he's still nervous. "The city is busy," he says (crowds press in). "The city is loud" (a whistle shrieks). "The city is filled with scary things" (the boy shrinks from a homeless man holding out a cup). "It is no place for a nana to live," he concludes. While he sleeps, nana knits him a gift-a big red cape. A series of vignettes shows him wearing it the next morning, striking delighted poses. With new courage, the boy discovers a city he hasn't seen before-one full of life, wonder, and pretzels for homeless men: "It is the absolute perfect place for a nana to live," he decides. Castillo (The Troublemaker) examines childhood anxiety and the crucial love of grandparents with sensitivity, while her portraits of the city's challenges are honest and affectionate. It deserves a place on the shelf of classic New York City picture books. Ages 4-8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-When a small boy visits his grandmother's new apartment in New York City, he is frightened by all the hustle, bustle, and noise he encounters. Simply put, he concludes, "It is no place for a Nana to live." Nana disagrees and promises to show him how exciting city life can be. While the boy sleeps, Nana knits him a red cape-for bravery-to wear during their adventurous day. The cape works so well that the boy ties it around Nana before he returns home. Christopher Gebauer's narration is wonderful. Castillo treats readers to the story of an apprehensive child who, with the help of a loving adult, learns to conquer his fears and transition from worry to wonderment. The CD includes two tracks, one with page-turn signals and one without. VERDICT A top choice.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.