My First Book of London – Ingela P Arrhenius

 My First Book of London – Ingela P Arrhenius, Walker Books, 9781536209914, 2020 

Format: Hardcover

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

 What did you like about the book? Swedish illustrator Ingela P Arrhenius has created many beautiful books for children and this is another one added to the list. This book captures just about everything you could possibly want to see in London. The book is divided into 15 different sections including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, Tower of London, London Zoo, Piccadilly Circus, just to name a few. Each section has a two-page spread just brimming with whimsical illustrations of items that will be found in that area. Children will see the Beefeaters, William Shakespeare, buskers, afternoon tea, and many other items that are truly London.

This book is very detailed in showing different sections and the unique features of each section in  London The illustrations really make this book “pop”. They are bright, detailed, and the people and animals all have wonderful expressions. Children will enjoy taking their time to look at all the illustrations.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and eight years old–especially if they are travelling to London anytime soon.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and eight years old.

Where would you shelve it?   J non-fiction

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

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: February 4, 2021

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