Traveller's City: Dodsworth

Dodsworth in New YorkI tend to prefer books which use the city as a backdrop for the action of the story, rather than books which are about a particular city. Yet, I know there is a desire for parents to find books which will introduce famous cities to their children, perhaps hoping that it will instill an appreciation for and curiousity about other places, or a desire to visit other lands.

Tim Egan's Dodsworth easy reader series does a great job of introducing young readers to famous cities but without taking them on a boring walking tour. The delightfully quirky Dodsworth and his stowaway duck sidekick reminded me of a screwball comedy duo. Each humorous book follows the pair on their misadventures through each city. I liked the details Egan slips in, like how everyone on Fifth Avenue is smartly dressed, or how the duck inadvertently creates an impressionist painting in Paris by dancing on his artwork. Currently available are Dodsworth in New York, Dodsworth in Paris, and Dodsworth in London. Dodsworth in Rome is up next (April 2011), and after that...? I vote for Dodsworth in Madrid.

Dodsworth in Rome (The Dodsworth Series)This reminds me, I need to get my passport renewed.

Big Kid says: I can't wait for Dodsworth in Rome!


MaryAnne said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Wow - I am SO getting it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Lindsay N. Currie said...

This one - especially with its screwball duo aspect - sounds like one my seven year old would love!

Alex said...

Thanks for the reminder about passports.
These books look great and since I love my city, a good choice for the young nieces and nephews who come to visit.

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