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3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  239 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
A father.

Two children.

And more than 840 miles of track.

What does it addup to?

Something thrilling.

Are you ready for Subway?
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Greenwillow Books
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Nov 09, 2015 Jana rated it it was amazing
I adore this book! I found it in New York City, on Halloween. I was nerdily delighted to read this page:

Next up is our favorite train, the F.
We meet a tourist, a banker, a chef.
Witches and cowboys can sometimes be seen
(perhaps not today, but on Halloween).

The art is abstract, bright, and beautiful. The story is a heartwarming, simple tale of a dad and his two boys having an adventure on a rainy day. It is going to live at Nana's house in my "grandson library"; they just happen to be 2 little bo
Aug 13, 2013 Eve rated it really liked it
Shelves: mariam
Christoph Niemann's ABSTRACT CITY is one of my favorite books (and it's unique in its own right, so pick it up—yes, I'm talking to you), and so although I hadn't realized that he wrote a kids' book, the subject matter was unsurprising. (In ABSTRACT CITY, he creates a subway-themed bathroom for his kids out of tile. It's amazing.) This book is a similar delight, but as my daughter has only ridden elevated trains, the New York focus was a bit of a departure, so to speak. Other big drawback? No tra ...more
Mama Bibliosoph
It's raining, so a father and two kids go on a New York City subway adventure. The opening pages thrill with the wind and rumble of an approaching train in the tunnel as seen from a platform edge. Then the family boards their first train (the A) and readers are treated to a romp through the city's iconic underground.

The use of the official MTA letter and number symbols for all the train lines, and the vibrant, high-contrast illustrations are bee-to-honey-level fabulousness. Niemann did a wonderf
Nov 07, 2016 Jess rated it liked it
November 2016 - Ben chose this one, and loves the maps of subway routes. The illustrations are sometimes pretty abstract, and some things are pretty NYC specific (I had to explain, "a subway is like a MAX that goes underground") but Ben still loves anything trains.
Judy Desetti
Feb 02, 2011 Judy Desetti rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-book-k-3
I think this book is fairly confusing to younger children. I think you need to understand and have some background knowledge of public transportation and the subway system to understand the confusing stark images.

I do think this would be great book to use with an art class to show how subtle changes makes the feel of the drawing feeling different. It could also be used in teaching perspective.

Here is a SLJ review
School Library Journal (June 1, 2010)

PreS-Gr 1-This colorful, vivacious, child-cen
Gerardo Mendoza-Tovar
The story is about a man and his two children who decide to go on the subway for fun. They go from one subway to another enjoying the little things each one has. Some of the things they see on the bus are witches and cowboys, but they usually only see them on Halloween!
This book wasn't one of my favorite books that I have read, but it was pretty good. I didn't really like the story line and it was very engaging. The best part of the book were the illustrations. Since the subways were mainly und
Sep 08, 2010 Tasha rated it really liked it
Take a trip through the tunnels with two children and a father on a rainy day. Wait for the train to come, feel the breeze and the rumble. Take the A train to all 44 stations. Then the F train filled with interesting people. You can take the 1 or 2 trains depending on whether you need the express. 7 heads to Times Square and you get a wonderful view on Q. F and G run together, then apart, and then return together again. When the day is done, you will still want to be riding the rails underground ...more
Nov 22, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
The story is about the adventures two children and their dad take on their trip on the subway. It gives the reader a detailed summary of their journey, telling about the different station, routes and the different people they meet. The reader gets to experience how thrilling a subway trip can be for two children. The story is also vividly illustrated, the illustrations are drawn on an all-black background and the rest of the drawings are drawn with only primary colors. This gives the illustratio ...more
Elizabeth Petrenko
If you are an early childhood educator in New York City, this book will be a hit in your classroom. The story is about a family spending the day on the subway, doing what commuters do -- waiting at the platform, climbing stairs, transferring, going uptown and downtown -- all the things that adults take for granted, but children are still excited to do.

There are bright, simple illustrations, rhymes, and the very recognizable train letters and numbers that kids in NYC know so well. Since trains a
Rita Crayon Huang
Jan 03, 2011 Rita Crayon Huang rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and specific, with route details and an extremely pleasing, bold, traffic-appropriate art style. All my New York-based and -bred friends with kids are getting copies in the near future.

I will probably pair this with Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems, which isn't a book I've given out in the past. Great story in that, obviously, and I once heard Mo Willems describe his cleaning up of the photo backgrounds in that book as his love song to New York. (He may not have used those words exactly--b
My son really liked this one and had me read it twice in a row the first time (3 times if he'd gotten his way)! We kept having to flip back to the first page where the whole subway system map was. It was a little confusing trying to place where each line was on the overall map and I wish there was a more formal map on the endpages to refer to. It also was set in verse, but very variable, sometimes to the point I wasn't sure if it all was supposed to be verse or not. Just made it a little harder/ ...more
Kianna Buckner
Nov 19, 2014 Kianna Buckner rated it it was amazing
"Subway" by Christoph was is a great book. A parent and two kids takes the subway just for fun one day.They ride all around New York and try to figure out where they are going.

The author did a good job with this book. It is a fun story. I think it will kind of confused little kids if they are reading. It would have to be explained to them especially if they don't know anything about the subway.

The illustrations were my favorite about this book. I give the illustrations a 10 out of 10. The peopl
Cory Schulz
Apr 17, 2014 Cory Schulz rated it really liked it
This book is about a family travels from one location in New York City to another location in that city. This book’s illustrations use the blank people from the bathroom signs you see in most public areas. This book was all about rhyming and integrating names and numbers into locations. This was a fun book to read, and the only reason I did not choose this one as my favorite, is I felt the need to choose a book with a more meaningful moral. I really love the art for art's sake but I do not think ...more
"NOT just for New Yorkers, this swingy rhyming book follows a daddy and his two little kids on a subway adventure on a rainy day. They take the A train from jazzy Harlem all the way to sleepy Far Rockaway. They savor the view as the Q crosses over the East River. They have fun with the map - why take the 1 straight from the southern tip of Manhattan to the southern end of Central Park... when you could take the 3 to the 5 to the N to the B to the C to the 7 to the 6 to the E to the D and end up ...more
Allison Parker
Feb 18, 2011 Allison Parker rated it liked it
With boldly and simply painted figures inspired by public signage, Nieman creates a wild and colorful ride through New York City's subway system. Transit-specific vocabulary like "express" and "detour" are introduced through both the illustrations and the rhyming text throughout the story. Children not familiar with either an urban environment or New York's subway system might scratch their heads at the street names and tricky letter/number names of the train lines, but all readers will recogniz ...more
Jenilyn Willis
I really loved this book. It's all about riding the subway around the city of New York (which is one of my favorite places), and I also loved the illustrations. This would be a good book to read to children around here especially because many of them won't know what a subway is. It could spark a discussion about different forms of transportation and why people get around differently in different places.
Jan 26, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it

3 Stars for my enjoyment level; 4 stars to give it the benefit of the doubt because I am NOT familiar with NYC subways and I have a feeling this book is more clever than I understood. That said, this story of a father and his children on an outing through the NYC subway would probably best appeal to children who live in NYC (or other cities with subways) or those who will be visiting (or have visited) the city.
Oct 12, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s, 2011, picture
A vibrant, visually-stimulating romp through the New York City subway system. The text is simple, engaging, and fast-paced. A dad takes two children for an adventure on trains traveling all over the city. While not an informational text, it certainly captures the feel of the subway. I think that kids with exposure to NYC or other trains will appreciate the book the most but really, any child interested in trains and city life will enjoy this fun book.
Dec 28, 2013 Russell rated it really liked it
A fantastic book, full of cute little details. The QM2, Statue of Liberty, dog, and cat having subway line indicators is adorable. The anthropomorphized subway lines are cute, as are the non-subway characters (even the rat with the MetroCard). Though some might bristle at the characterization of tourists as illiterate simpletons, it's a cute snub. And the author's entirely right, the Q from DeKalb to Canal is a world-class view.
Jess Brown
The best part about this book are the illustrations--bold, simple, and all of the figures remind me of those we see repeatedly on signs (just like on the subway, how cute!). When a family decides to spend the day riding the subway, they find an adventure and many special views of their beloved New York City. Probably best for preschool, but a bit older might enjoy it as well.
Jan 04, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that the illustrations are incredibly simple, they still manage to perfectly capture the mood of big-city life and the excitement of the NYC subway. I'm sure a lot of urban commuters look at their commute on the subway as the definition of mundane, but Christoph Niemann shows us how exciting it can be through the eyes of children.
Jul 11, 2011 Laura rated it liked it
I didn't care for this book. I thought it had an interesting concept, but I just didn't see how well it played out in the story. The illustrations felt a little bland as well. I think other people might enjoy this book, but I didn't. It was a little boring.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Aug 24, 2010 Alida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best things in NYC is the subway. This book made me miss Brooklyn like crazy. It perfectly captures the joy that it is the subway. I could almost feel the breeze and hear the sound of the tracks. The bold colors of the very simple illustrations are quite enchanting. I burst out laughing at the J train little critters. This is a delightful kid's book.
Dec 11, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ed-310-01
The images are great for young kids to replicate. I love how this book teaches kids about the New York train system;great book for kids who love cars, trains, buses, etc. I would recommend this book for ages 2-9.
Cameron Marlow
Aug 25, 2012 Cameron Marlow rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
This book is Christoph Niemann's ode to the NYC subway system, and for anyone with a subway fascination or attachment to New York, it will be one of the more pleasurable books you share with your kids.

This is also my favorite of Niemann's children's' books.
Nov 16, 2010 Marcie rated it liked it
I can see why this is a hit in NY. For those of us with no access to a Subway it can serve as an introduction to another culture. I'm in a city, but don't think of mass transit as a vacation. Glad to see, I'm not the norm.
Taylor Johnson
Mar 15, 2012 Taylor Johnson rated it liked it
I liked this book mostly because i loved the illustrations which were bold, colorful and also simple. I think kids will enjoy it but may get confused if you dont discuss what the subway is ahead of time. It will also be great to get them saying their letters and numbers.
Sammie Ortiz
Apr 25, 2012 Sammie Ortiz rated it really liked it
This book was easy to read because it rhymed. The flow of the book was easy to follow and overall enjoyable to read. The pictures were simple, which allows children to focus more on the words. A process was explained in this book and can be used as a teaching method for using the subway system.
Sep 11, 2016 Joanna rated it it was amazing
My four year old loves this book. He woke up talking about it. I wouldn't have thought twice about it but this is a kid who plays 'build a city'or 'build a subway' in some form almost daily. Some kids like Batman mine likes urban planning so this is five stars for us.
Amy Rachuba
Nov 08, 2014 Amy Rachuba rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Love the fun illustrations, the rhymes, and the public transportation concept. While it probably helps if the reader is familiar with subways, I think any child who likes trains and would love the idea of just riding a train for fun would enjoy this book.
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