All Through My Town

Jean Reidy, Author, Leo Timmers, Illustrator
Jean Reidy, illus. by Leo Timmers. Bloomsbury, $14.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-59990-785-7
Reviewed on: 02/04/2013
Release date: 03/05/2013
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-1-61963-029-1
Paperback - 30 pages - 978-1-4088-3860-0
Board Books - 26 pages - 978-1-61963-562-3
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A rabbit toddler surveys the bustle and occasional comic chaos of his beloved town from the vantage point of a buggy being pushed by his mother. Timmers’s (The Magical Life of Mr. Renny) work possesses the exaggerated goofiness and hipster-retro edge of contemporary animation, and he revels in riffing on Reidy’s (Too Princessy!) simple, cataloguelike rhymes (“Shopping, sacking,/ sorting, stacking—/ rows so nice and neat./ School bells ringing./ Reading, singing,/ friends to meet and greet”). The bright, saturated acrylic environments are densely and vibrantly populated with animal characters in an expansive variety of roles (a guitar-playing gorilla teacher, an ursine tourist in a Hawaiian shirt, a crocodile short-order cook flipping flapjacks); their energy, both potential and unleashed, and their eager, saucerlike eyes convey a sense of carpe diem bordering on manic. With spreads jam-packed with detail and event—as the action moves from home to bustling sidewalks, past traffic jams and into the hospital (for a visit) and the library—it’s an undeniable feast for the eyes. Up to age 5. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Mar.)
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