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New York City Monsters: A Search-and-Find Book Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-23 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:2924734029
LANGUAGE:English

" A whimsical exploration of some of New York's landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, Central Park Zoo, and the American Museum of Natural History. A good children's book for both independent exploration and interaction with a more experienced reader. " said.

" Note: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. " said.

"New York City Monsters Anne Paradis This is absolutely an awesome book. The whole series is actually. The kids and I have read a few of the books from the series. The kids love finding all of the monsters on each page and I love that they get a lesson about things in each of the cities. These books are fun for the kids and the parents both.
 
This book is about exploring New York City. All of the main sites are listed throughout the book. You get to see the Statue of Liberty, The empire State Building,  Grand Central Station and more. There is a small paragraph written about each site. Also there are Monsters hidden all over the place. There is a spot on each page telling yo how many Monsters to find. 
 
I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.
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"This book is a part of a series of travel books for children and what wonderful books they are!!! This series is a really cool concept making it fun for kids to learn about places to visit and interesting sights to see in a city while looking for monsters in each page of the book! Each page of the book mentions an attraction with an interesting fact or two about it; and your job (well, actually your child’s!) is to find the many monsters lurking on that page (but I competed with mine to find them; and I also need to say, none of my kids are little anymore at fourteen and eleven!!). The monsters are definitely hiding well so it takes some time to find all of them; the number of monsters on each page is helpfully pointed out by the host monster (pictured on the cover as well) at the bottom of the page.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and fun while also being depicting the landmarks and attractions pretty accurately so that children can use that to recognize the real deal when visiting the city. And I am sure that kids will enjoy pointing out the attractions they have already visited on books they are reading.
And the message that I think we can all take from these books – When (and where and how) cute little comic book monsters have fun exploring the city, we can have fun too – so let us get out and explore!!! I cannot wait to explore – the cities; and also more of these books.
I just wish that these books could have had a few more pages listing a few more attractions, to make them lots more fun.
A couple of comments on each one of this book
New York – again, familiarity made the heart grow fonder here – having visited New York twice now (though over a decade ago), the landmarks were ones I could identify with and bring back memories; next up, visit them with the kids. And make sure we mark off all the spots in this book!
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"Let me start by saying that the illustrations, especially the monsters, are absolutely adorable and spot on! The goal of the reader/ listener is to find 6-8 hidden monsters within the illustrations as each page spread explores one of New York City's famous landmarks.
Landmarks included in the text are the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park zoo, 5th Avenue shops, the Empire State building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Thanksgiving day parade floats, the ice rink at Rockefeller Center and lastly, Grand Central Station.
Although I understand the book is for beginners and more of a seek to find book, I wish the author could've included a little bit more depth or backstory of the landmarks included. I think other readers/ tourists planning to make a trip with children to NYC would've also enjoyed to see some fun facts or a bit more of narration.

*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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" One of the reasons that I like these books, is that they have a format. They always include places to see animals, places to go shopping, something of historical significance, a type of museum, and then a culturally significant area. They are all the same, but at the same time they are as unique as the city that they are visiting. " said.

" Bright landscapes of Noo Yawk are interspersed with info bubbles and monsters for you to find in a Where’s Waldo fashion. Some are pretty tricky, like the one dressed in a business suit on the street. Toward the end I missed some, much to my everlasting chagrin; some three-year-old is bound to find it and make my embarrassment complete. " said.

"This was a sweet book in which the reader has to spot monsters hidden in different locations around New York City. I enjoyed the illustrations although I would have preferred if the book was longer, therefore including more locations. That said, the big tourist locations were all mentioned.

Locations and events included: The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, American Museum of Natural History, Central Park Zoo, 5th Avenue, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Bridge, the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, iceskating at Rockefeller Center and Grand Central Station.

The monsters were unique and hidden at different levels of difficulty. I spent much too long trying to spot the final monster in the American Museum of Natural History and began to worry that I was going to be stumped by a book aimed at children. Sometimes they are right in front of you and you don't even notice!

This would be a great book for any children traveling to NYC for the first time. I would recommend it more for traveling in November-December than other times of year, as two of the ten spreads are dedicated to events only held towards the end of the year.
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