Robert Burleigh's Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City falls into the category of toddler "learn about what's around you" books. In this case, sounds (obviously) is what is on the menu. From the tick-tocking of an alarm clock to the snores of the city at night, this book is a romp through the daily sounds of the city. It's relatively new to the shelves and I like it more than I usually like this kind of books -- mostly because of Bebbe Giacobbe's vibrant graphic city scenes which playfully incorporate words into the illustrations (Let's face it: I'm a sucker for word art). My youngest son is really into labelling right now and loves pointing to all of the different transportation (obsession with transportation is a family trait) on the pages. The nice, rhyming text is blissfully short to accommodate toddler attention spans but preschoolers will enjoy it, too.
Books like this certainly make the city look interesting.
Big Kid says: Can I see that book?
Little Kid says: More!