My Washington, DC written and illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen


61b5eugafl My Washington, DC written and illustrated by Kathy Jakobsen, Little Brown Books for Young Readers, (9780316126120), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: (1-5, 5 is a starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? Kathy Jakobsen brings her considerable talent as a folk artist to this delightful spin about Washington DC. seen through the eyes of young Becky and her friend Martin. The book is part Where’s Waldo, part travelogue, part history and civics lesson and 100% fun.

A dozen of DC’s most well-known buildings and monuments are illustrated in intricate detail. Beginning with the Capitol and its National Statuary Hall, the two youngsters make their way down the mall to the majestic Lincoln Memorial. At each stop the narrator shares delightful and entertaining tidbits of information such as the fact that the heiress who owned the famous Hope Diamond used to hide it in the toaster. But it is not all fun and games. When visiting the National Archives we learn about the Bill of Rights; Martin Luther King Jr’s monument reminds us about his important role in the civil rights movement.

Additional fun facts, quotes, websites and an artist’s note complete the book.

Anything you didn’t like about it? I wish the Native American Museum could have been referenced and perhaps the African-American Museum, even if not yet open at the time of publication.

To whom would you recommend this book?  (Read-alikes if you can think of them)- Who should buy this book? Elementary School Libraries and Public Libraries

Where would you shelve it? Nonfiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Nancy Riemer Kellner, Peaslee Elementary School Library, Northborough, MA

Date of review: 2/13/2017

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