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Good Morning, City

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  208 ratings  ·  40 reviews

It's dark and quiet.
The moon still glimmers in the sky.

While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn's first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bu

Kindle Edition, 32 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Cheryl Gladfelter
The illustrations are just so gorgeous. The use of light is beautiful, love seeing the city waking up.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Books with Positive Depictions of the Life of Great Cities
In simple, poetic text, the narrator of this picture-book debut chronicles the early morning life of a great city. In the "dark and quiet" the city begins to stir, as bakers and papergirls go about their early morning tasks. Slowly light emerges, and more and more people join the story, waking up and beginning their day, adding their activity to the life of the metropolis around them...

This children's book debut from Pat Kiernan, long-time news host on New York City television, offers a gentle a
Vivacious illustrations and text filled with urban onomatopoeia describe the hustle and bustle of a city waking up.
This book is so much better than a lot of its contemporaries. On the surface, it seems like a simple book about a city morning, but the illustrations definitely raise the bar, making this a love story about the city and all its inhabitants. The realism and diversity of the characters literally make the pictures come alive. I love it!
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautiful illustrations. The use of light in the pictures is phenomenally done.
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Kiernan, Pat Good Morning, City, illustrated by Pascal Campion. PICTURE BOOK. Farrar Straus Giroux, 2016. $16.99.

New York City is a totally different place in the early morning hours. Bakers arrive early to their jobs, newspapers are delivered before the sun rises, and delivery trucks bring fresh food to markets. As the city slowly awakes, noises increase too--rumbles of trucks, clinks of coffee cups, screechings of trains and more. This picture book celebrates the morning in the Big Apple in a
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book takes a unique look at community helpers, focusing on those who start their work before the sun is up. A wide range of workers is featured, from delivery people and police officers to waitresses and anchormen. Readers also see the townspeople and a family preparing for the day, progressing through the morning as the sun rises. Brief sentences and the use of sound effects or action words help move the story forward. The detailed, colorful digital illustrations capture the life a ...more
Cheeky Readers
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Written by New York newsanchor, Pat Kiernan, this visually appealing book is filled with onomatopoeia to capture your senses and bring you closer to the morning hustle and bustle of city folks. I love that it highlighted daily morning experiences of city workers from daybreak until sunrise. This book is a double thumbs up for me not just for the beautiful illustrations (Pascal Campion's lighting and shadows are amazing!) but also for the careful observations and presentation of the life of city ...more
Jennifer Strong
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s, 2017
The city and the people living there slowly wake up and get busy as the sun rises. It's a pretty straightforward book capturing morning moments of various people-bakers, construction workers, bus drivers, and one family in particular.

I just love Pascal's depiction of human and family life. I think his artwork is fantastic. He does a great job with lighting. The pages get brighter as the sun rises. A really beautiful book!
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, 2016
I loved the light and action of a city at all shades of dawn. The only odd note was at the end, with the family sitting around a breakfast table and the TV morning news. The TV anchorman is written into the story, getting the last line. Then a I read the author blurb and realized that the author IS a TV new anchor. This is still a very stylish read, perfect for morning people.
Jessica Brown
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a cute look at different parts of a city as the day starts. As you read, you'll hear the sounds of the city waking up and see it through the absolutely gorgeous illustrations. I really love this book for the illustrations, to be honest. It's a cute story but those make it 4 stars.
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a gorgeous book! The story is simple, showing many people going about early morning activities. The illustrations are just stunning and I loved the way the light intensifies as the time moves on. Nice diversity in the pictures too.
A delightful story of a waking city. There's no narrative here; it's a bit of a list of things that happen as a large city awakens, but the artwork is sprightly and cheerful, and children will enjoy comparing life in this city with their own mornings.
Brian Morris
I met Pat Kiernan over 20 years ago, just like every other transplant New Yorker—on NY1. I bought this book for my 6yo, but really I bought it as medicine to ease my "saudade" for the City. Unfortunately, the book was kind of…ehh. Oh well.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how this book shares the experiences of everyone throughout the city right down to a baby. Sweet illustrations and cutesy, fun story.
This is the story of a city awakening just as the sun begins to rise. From garbage trucks and construction workers to families preparing for the day, every morning in a busy adventure.
The story of a city from the wee hours to perhaps 8:00 am is interestingly and attractively presented here.

First Line: "Wake up, City."
Oct 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations are amazing but there's not much substance to the overall "story". Also why's everyone white in the city...
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Especially pretty illustrations of varied city scenes
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aha! No wonder the art seemed so familiar. I love Pascal Campion's illustrations. This is nicely done.
Yvonne O'connor
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story about what happens each morning as the city prepares for each new day.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple text narrates attractive spreads of different morning city scenes - a bakery, a park, a diner, a ferry dock, a kitchen.
Linda Atkinson
Nov 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
omg! The illustrations really make the story!
Miss Sarah
The city is waking up in all different forms and matters. I love that almost everything has a sound kids can repaet as the item wakes up. A little long but the sound break up means I's still try it with toddlers.
As most city residents know, cities never sleep since there's always something going on during the daylight and the nighttime hours. In this colorful picture book, readers have a chance to watch as the city revs up for a new day and its citizens start waking up or starting their jobs. Although there are undoubtedly some night owls out there who are just heading to bed, teh city streets quickly fill with walkers, joggers, delivery trucks, and traffic congestion. As some folks venture forth to din ...more
Well, I can't help but like this book. Pat Kiernan has been the morning news anchor on NY1 for donkey's years, and he puts a friendly, professional face on the city first thing in the morning. Also, he knows New York in the morning! Cheerful illustrations swing along with the light text sprinkled with onomatopoiea.
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people in the city are fast asleep as the city starts to wake up. The baker, ferry boat captain, and even the TV anchorman all start their days early to open the bakery, help commuters get to work, and help other New Yorkers get ready to start their day in Good Morning, City (2016) by Pat Kiernan, illustrated by Pascal Campion.

Pat Kiernan is locally known in New York City as an anchor on NY1 news where he generally works the morning shift including the popular feature "In the Papers." Havin
If you're doing a city unit in your class, or just enjoy rading about different things with your kids, this will be a wonderful start or addition to a discussion. Starting with the moon that "still glimmers in the sky", the story takes us through the early dawn until breakfast in one family's home. There are those early workers like the bakers and the newspaper carriers. There are the dog walkers and joggers, up as the sun rises before they return home for their work day. Delivery workers, traff ...more
Mr. T.J.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fan of big city books, in this case it is a painted picture book. I thought it was San Francisco on the cover, but I believe it's New York City. The lighting is wonderful, like the newspaper girl delivering with her moon shadow cast on the ground (I'm an art major. And at least I think it's the moon.) Pascal Campion's paintings capture the dawn's early light in its beautiful fashion. The mood of his paintings is magical and colorful. Thank you Pat Kiernan and Campion for collaborating one this b ...more
Edward Sullivan
Lush depiction of a busy big city morning.
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Patrick Kiernan (born November 20, 1968) is a Canadian-American television host, appearing as the morning news anchor of NY1 since 1997. He is widely known in New York City for his "In the Papers" feature, in which he summarizes the colorful content in New York City's daily newspapers, replete with his deadpan humor. Kiernan has also hosted game shows and appeared in films and on television either ...more

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