Thanks to Goodreads friend Jim for recommending the book Larry Loves San Francisco!. My library didn't have that book, a board book, but I was able to...moreThanks to Goodreads friend Jim for recommending the book Larry Loves San Francisco!. My library didn't have that book, a board book, but I was able to borrow this one.
The book's cover says 3 & up, but I'd recommend it most for slightly older kids. Kids who are beginning independent readers might get the most out of it.
There is a fairly good tour of San Francisco landmarks so it's a good book for children who live in San Francisco or who have visited/will visit San Francisco, and it's especially good for boys named Pete or Larry.
Even though I wasn't concerned about how things would end up, I had a hard time thoroughly enjoying this story about a lost dog on his own. When I had my dog, one of my big fears was she'd get off her leash and go running and be missing. But, that's me. Kids might be able to simply enjoy the adventure and the sights.(less)
I haven’t been reading many picture books in recent months, but I’m really glad I read this one.
The pictures are wonderful. They sophisticated and fun...moreI haven’t been reading many picture books in recent months, but I’m really glad I read this one.
The pictures are wonderful. They sophisticated and fun, and I think they’re beautiful. I love the colors, the details, and the art style, which is reminiscent of the Impressionists.
The story is maybe a little too simplistic, but it does illustrate a fine point, and I did smile at the end, and I enjoyed the story. It’s definitely one I’d recommend for enjoyment and for lessons about how we’re all interdependent and that everything we do can have a greater influence on others, and ourselves too. (It’s a sort of version of the Butterfly Effect.) I also appreciated how there are scenes from around the world.
For me, it worked on every level. I found it very entertaining and emotionally touching.
I wish this book had been out when a friend had her daughter Amelia over 22 years ago. It would have made a great gift. I think Amelia Bedelia were the only Amelia books we could find at the time.
As I was reading this, most of the way through, no matter how much I was enjoying it, and I was, particularly my 10 year old self, I was thinking how...moreAs I was reading this, most of the way through, no matter how much I was enjoying it, and I was, particularly my 10 year old self, I was thinking how I couldn’t give the book 5 stars. Unlike some middle grade books, it felt very middle grade, so I had to suspend disbelief quite a few times, and there were just too many unbelievable coincidences, but the story and characters are great, the writing is very good, the reader is likely to learn a lot about the Holocaust and art history and art, and it’s such a unique NYC story, taking place in NYC but with some highly unusual lifestyle details for that location. Also, everything came together so nicely by the end, which was very satisfying for my 9-12 year old self. So, I’m deducting only ½ star for its flaws. 4 ½ stars
Theo is a delightful character, and most of the characters are very interesting. I really enjoyed the historical parts of the story, and the non-fiction information about art, and I found it interesting how some of the events covered have been the subject of recent (for adults and teens, not kids) movies.
This would have probably been a favorite of mine if I’d read it between the ages of 9 and 12. I highly recommend this book to girls ages 9 or 10 through 12, especially those interested in art, art history, history, the Holocaust, WWII, and NYC. It’s great fun, poignant, and suspenseful. (less)