Small in the City

  • Title: Small in the City
  • Author: Sydney Smith
  • Illustrator: Sydney Smith
  • Publisher: Neal Porter Books, Holiday House Publishing
  • Publication year: 2019
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House: “It can be a little scary to be small in a big city, but this child has some good advice for a very special friend in need.
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I think this book would work in a public library setting, but I am not sure that it could used in any sort of curriculum. It is an ideal read-aloud book but I don’t know how I would correlate it for a school library setting.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –What makes this book interesting is the POV. This book is set in second-person and while reading it is unclear to whom our protagonist is talking to. It is both a lovely and heartbreaking surprise when it is revealed to be his lost animal, and that our brave protagonist has traveled through the city in search of his furry friend. The illustrations at first are arranged similarly to a comic book, in small frames, but as the story goes on, larger illustrations either take up the entire page or are given larger frames. The colors are interesting, rendered in grays, blacks, and somber colors. And as the day in the story progresses, steadily more snow exists in each frame, leading to a blizzard, the climax of the story where we learn to whom our protagonist is speaking. The last frame shows little cat paw prints in the snow, giving the reader the sense that his friend is nearby.

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