Lisa Wroble's Reviews > Wander New York: Fitz in the City

Wander New York by Reese Traves
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it was amazing

This delightfully fun debut by author-illustrator/wife-husband duo promotes curiosity and embraces a sense of adventure. Fitz is an adorable little fox on his first trip ever with his mom. Their New York City adventure begins with a ride in a yellow taxi and takes them to landmarks throughout the city: “I want to wander everywhere— / there is so much to see, / and it all starts in Manhattan / in this yellow taxi.” Rhyming text moves the reader from place to place as Fitz explores the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, the New York Public Library, plus Grand Central Station, museums, restaurants, the zoo, and Greenwich Village. As with any trip, plans can hit a blockade, but Fitz finds a way around it. And, when he and his mom take the subway, they face a new challenge to their plans—but they find a positive in this part of their adventure too.

Each spread is beautifully illustrated with charming details readers will love to explore in subsequent readings of the story. I especially like the clever use of animals—badgers, raccoons, porcupines, bears, rabbits—to represent the creativity and multiculturalism of NYC. My favorites are the subway spread (and Fitz’s reaction to the other riders) and story time at the library. Each spread also includes several facts and history about the location or landmark, adding depth (and educational value) to Fitz’s travels. For example, “NYC is made up of five boroughs: Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx” in the opening spread and later, “Times Square is the center of the Theatre District, a.k.a Broadway, a.k.a. the ‘Great White Way’.”

Little foxes will enjoy reading and exploring with Fitz again and again. (And big foxes won’t mind the repeated readings.) I’m looking forward to more adventures with Fitz! Where will he travel next?
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Reading Progress

August 8, 2020 – Started Reading
August 8, 2020 – Shelved
August 8, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
August 8, 2020 – Finished Reading

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