by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez
Interest level: grades 3-7
5 out of 5 stars
This is a unique, informative, and entertaining graphic novel that takes place mostly in the subway system of New York City. During a class field trip to the Empire State Building, Pablo and Alicia get separated from their class and get on the wrong subway train. The book features actual subway maps of NYC, historic photos, and creative graphic features that makes the reader feel like they are experiencing the busy, crowded streets of New York City. An author note at the end of the book lets readers know about two hidden characters in many of the pages, which is a good enticement for someone to reread the book.
This is a creative and different book and will be a good fit for kids who are interested in New York City, or who are more visual readers and appreciate graphic novels.
The back of the book includes more information about the history of the subway and the Empire State Building, as well as further reading and resources. A teacher’s guide is available at TOON Graphics.