1.07.2011

Paternal City: Every Friday

Every FridayMom says:
I happened upon Dan Yaccarinos's Every Friday in the library last week; I love finding good books by accident. Every Friday is the tale of a weekly ritual between father and son. Leaving mom and baby at home, the pair set off through their city neighborhood, encountering familiar faces and bustling urban life on their way to their favorite diner for breakfast. I especially loved Yaccarino's illustrations and the way the people stand out against simple line drawings of an appealing urban landscape creating a sense of intimacy, even in the crowded city. The uncomplicated text and simple color scheme lend a nostalgic but very appealing flavor to this charming book. The final line of the book will strike a special note with any child or parent who knows the joy of bond-developing rituals.

Big Kid says: I like walks with dad, too.
Little Kid says: Truck!

13 comments:

Zoe @ Playing by the book said...

Finding books by accident is always such a treat isn't it. And this sounds like a lovely book - like you say, bond forming rituals (like pancakes for breakfast!) are special.

Rachel @ Even in Australia said...

Fellow New Yorker here, born-and-bred in fact. We have a bunch of favorite NYC books although I don't have that many picture book faves that are set in NYC, as opposed to being ABOUT NYC. THe only one that comes to mind immediately is the Knuffle Bunny series (assuming you count Brooklyn as "the city") so I'm looking forward to finding more on your blog!

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

I love this book... I'm rather fond of Dan Yaccarino.

If you liked this one, you might like What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins and Lauren Castillo.

Storied Cities said...

Rachel: I'm finding that there are a lot of books in which the backdrop is clearly inspired by New York City. I agree that book set in, rather than being about NYC are much nicer. The trick of course, is ferreting them out from the stacks. Be sure to click on the label "New York" to see which ones I've posted about so far.

LS Murphy said...

What a find! My 2 year old would love this.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

What a great site you have. Thanks for stopping by!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

What a beautiful concept for a book - thank you for bringing it to our attention!! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well:)

Rachel @ Even in Australi said...

I second the What Happens on Wednesdays recommendation, although I think it could be in any big city. I don't own it, so maybe I'm forgetting some NYC-specific hints.

Rachel @ Even in Australia said...

One more thing - you might enjoy the NYPL family benefit on Sunday January 23rd. The theme is books set in New York. If you email me I can forward you the information. You do have to pay for tickets, though.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba, a.k.a. "e" said...

I love the 60's look of the art. Dan is so talented! :) e

Alex said...

I love books about NYC and this one sounds particularly interesting. I used to have a Friday ritual with my mom that has always meant so much to me. And I had one with my daughter, so I am especially interested in reading this book.
Thanks for the review.

Christy said...

This sounds like a good one. I love the cover.

LitLass said...

My boys would love this one. And I agree, the illustrations are great.

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