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A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
 In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The suc
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Clarion Books
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Read this book for my son as a story time. The boy is visiting his grandmother in a big city. He thinks the big city has scary things and too noisy and his grandmother may not be able to do anything. His grandmother then give him something to take with him to tour the city and he realizes the city is not scary but extraordinary. A great read!
Steven Matview
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e
I liked this book a lot. It stands up on its own with great illustrations and a positive message about facing your fears.
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But it’s even better if you pretend it’s the secret origin of Batman.

Nana talks like a combination of Alfred and Thomas Wayne, speaking in soliloquies about her beloved city; trying to instill that love in her grandson. Her grandson, who looks an awful lot like young Bruce Wayne, is scared. He sees that the city is too loud. It’s too busy. It’s too… scary.
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On their walk he pas
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A sweetly tender and uplifting little gem, Lauren Castillo's Nana in the City is neither earth-shattering nor in any way world-changing, but it is truly and nevertheless a perfect picture book to share with children who are noise sensitive, who are easily frightened by the hustle and bustle of modern urban city life.

And as someone who indeed was very noise sensitive and afraid of the sights and sounds of modern metropolises as a young child (especially since I was rather used to silence, with my
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Carrie Charley Brown
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Boy's fear of Nana's city environment leads him on a transformational journey into the unknown. Boy's protective instincts for Nana are mirrored by the crocheted cape Nana makes for him. The subtle and endearing guidance of Nana is age appropriate, as is the believable first person voice of the boy. (Not an easy feat for the picture book writer- only excellent writing can tackle this.) The illustrations paint a bustling city which evoke the senses and explode with color as the boy warms up to th ...more
Agnė
Ah, there is so much beauty in this book!

1) The illustrations are GORGEOUS and very functional - they literally bring the story to life.



2) The power of positive thinking is simply inspiring.


3) And the story itself speaks so true to me :)
Dawn
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am going to be this Nana!!!
Marjorie Ingall
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-3-6, kids-4-8
NEW YORK CITY GRANDMAS, HOLLA! WHERE MY URBAN BUBBES AT?

Love the art, really like the sweet and reassuring story (boy is fearful of the big city, local grandma helps him feel more confident), psyched to see a competent, independent, modern, styley grandma in a picture book who isn't sitting around telling family stories or making chicken soup.

Also: I love any book that shows water towers!
Jim
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-honor
extraordinary book showing a child that the big city he fears because it is so loud and noisy is wonderful because it is so loud and noisy.
Laura (Book Scrounger)
A short and simple story with lovely autumn illustrations.

My review here: https://www.theproblemsite.com/book-s...
Sisi
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Nana in the City is one of the Caldecott Honor Books for 2015. I found it on the Caldecott Metal and Honors section of the ALA website. This book is about a young boy who visits his Nana in a big city. Nana loves the city but the boy doesn't at first. The boy finds the city busy, loud and scary. He doesn't think it’s a place suitable for a nana to live in. Nana notices the boy is feeling unsettling. She thinks of a plan to help him feel better. Eventually, the boy learns to love the city for all ...more
Katherine Austin
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-4050
1) Book summary, in your own words (3 pts)
-This story is about a little boy who goes to visit his grandma in New York City for the first time. At first, he is a little skeptical and scared of all the noise, people, and hustle and bustle, but after some help from grandma, he begins to see the city in a different light. Things that were once scary are now magnificent, fun, and lively. The boy falls in love with the city, as do many of its visitors. The illustrations in this book really add to the
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Jasmine (jasmine_reads)
A little boy goes to the city to visit his Nana, but the city can be an awfully scary place for a little boy who doesn't live there. It's loud, there are lots of people, and there are some scary things out there. He doesn't think it's a good place for his Nana to live, but she gives him a gift that may change his mind.

I actually LOVED this book. I think this book is perfect for me, even at this age, because as much as I love the city life, it terrifies me because of how hectic and boisterous it
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A boy visits his grandmother in the city, which is unnamed but, judging by the illustrations, meant to be New York City. At first he's scared by the unfamiliar sights and sounds, until Nana shows him that the city can also be an exciting place, full of lots to see and do. I expected her to take him to museums and libraries, but all the sights pictured were outdoor things. I liked the bright colors and thick outlines in the illustrations, for which Castillo won the Caldecott Award (honor book). I ...more
Laurie
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book Nana in the City is about a little boy who goes to visit his Nana overnight in the big city and he's scared. Her grandson doesn't like the crowd, the loud noise and scary things around him. So what Nana does to make him feel brave is to make him a special knitted red cape. He puts the cape on and runs through the city which has changed his perspective of being in a big city now.

The book won a Caldecott Award in 2015 Age Level 3-6 and the protagonist's name is: the little boy
Kristine Hansen
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's nice to see a book that's not about all those stereotypical grandmothers who live in the country. I love how Grandma introduces grandchild to the city, using a knit cape to make him feel brave as they explore together. It's a different sort of look at things, and to someone who isn't used to big cities, just the book to help them to realize that cities are a place that are full of fascinating things. Very cool book.
Katie N
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nana is the sassafras I need I my life. I could live in a big city if I had a Nana.
Laura
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: caldecott-honor
This book captures the essence and beauty of the city that made me, the country girl, charmed by its well chosen illustrations.
Alexandra
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
i saw someone review this on my feed and it looked adorable so of course i had to check it out of the library ☺ i don't care how old you are, sometimes picture books are so comforting and wonderful.
especially ones about grandmas 💕👵🏻

this picture book is about a boy who goes to visit his nana in the city but he is afraid of all the noise and hustle and bustle.

"the city is filled with scary things. it is no place for a nana to live." 😭💔👦🏻

the boy's nana disagrees with this, and makes up her mind to
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Rebecca Bland
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little boy who goes and visits his Nana in the city. He sees the city as a loud, busy, and scary place. The next day, his Nana took him to see the good things in the city that are loud, and the good things that are busy, and he figured out that the city isn't a scary place after all.
Carolyn
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was drawn to this book because it takes place in New York City, in the fall - two of my favorite things. A little boy goes to the city to visit his grandmother and to him the city is busy, loud and full of scary things. His nana introduces him to the wonders and excitement that can be found in the city and also shows him that she is happy there.
Liz Todd
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The cape..... 💕
Jenny
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first the young boy is frightened by the big city where his nana lives. But his nana makes him a cape so he can be brave and then takes him into the city to show him all the sights, sounds, and wonders of the city. I love that the nana recognizes and doesn't downplay the boy's fears, but she does safely provide him an opportunity to overcome those fears and to demonstrate to him why she loves the city. What a great nana! And the illustrations are just wonderful!
LauraR
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This book deserves to be a Caldecott Honor Book after reading through it. The illustrations are amazing and truly bring the text to life. This story tells of a young boy who goes to visit his grandmother in New York. At first, he perceives New York to be a scary place filled with danger and craze. After his grandmother provides him with a "cape", he feels brave (almost like a superhero). His grandmother takes him through the city as he wears this cape and his perception of the city instantly cha ...more
MaryannP
Oct 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This picture book has very intricate illustrations that incorporate paint brush strokes to make the clothing and background as well as illustrations done by pencil and oil. The illustrations flow from one page to the next which allow the readers eyes to follow the story easily. This book is about a boy who explains all the things he doesn't like about the city where his grandma lives. In the beginning he doesn't like the city or that his grandma lives in the city, in fact he finds the city scary ...more
Shu M
the story was told in first person. The main character went to New York to visit his Nana. He was frightened about the tall buildings and strange places. Nana told the little boy that tomorrow will be a better day. Nana knitted a red cape for the boy and put it on him. The little boy's emotion changed right away. He felt stronger and more brave after he put the red cape on. He walked around the city with his cape and his fierce feeling slowly went away. I loved the illustrations of this story. T ...more
Emma Gustafson
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book on the Caldecott Award book list. This is a story about a little girl who is visiting her grandmother in the city. The little girl is nervous and scared of the big city at first but as her grandma shows her the city she begins to learn and enjoy the city. What I found most beneficial was the pictures in the story depicted most things that occur in the city - the good and the bad. For instance one picture show cased Nana and the little girl giving a pretzel to a homeless man. I ...more
Judy Lindow
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Uh huh. Our 70 plus Nana, in her apron or bathrobe, has knit her grandson a red cape to make him feel safe. This is a little old lady - a little more tottering than many - that has been entrusted in the city with her grandson-A boy who is probably about 5-6? Not only that this little guy thinks he knows what's a good and bad place for Nana to live. Whaa? A cape? A child that would not like the noise and bustle of the city, be fascinated by the homeless? I think he should be more anxious about wh ...more
Dolly
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
I wasn't as impressed with this book as I had expected to be. It's a good story, but not one of my favorites.

This book was selected as one of the books for the December 2017- Caldecott Honors 2013-2017 discussion at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Edward Sullivan
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Young boy visits his grandmother in the big city. Great use of color and perspective in the illustrations.
Carrie Gelson
Picture Book Perfection. LOVE this title and everything it says about home and family.
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Lauren studied illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has written & illustrated over 14 books for children, including the critically acclaimed Melvin and the Boy, The Reader by Amy Hest, Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts, Buffalo Music by Tracey Fern and What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins. Her ...more
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