The Inside-outside Book of London (Picture Puffins)

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Seen from outside and then inside, London’s sights reveal the majesty that makes this city so intensely historic and uniquely civilized. Awakening all of the senses with her sweeping perspectives, vivid colors, and abundant details, artist Roxie Munro whisks readers to London—and what a feast for the eye that great city proves to be! Munro balances her playful sense of fun with taking the reader to the highlights of one of the world’s great capitals. Some of the big tourist spots are pictured—Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament—but her inclusion of smaller venues, such as a New Oxford Street scene in the rain, is inspired, giving readers the daily flavor of London life. From riding atop a double-decker bus down Regent Street to watching the Queen’s Royal Procession, The Inside-Outside Book of London is a taste of all things London for children and tourists of all ages.

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Roxie Munro is a fine artist and an award-winning author-illustrator of more than 35 books for children, including her acclaimed Inside-Outside series. Fourteen of her paintings have been published as covers of The New Yorker magazine.

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Grade 2-4-- Munro features some of London's most famous sites: Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the Tower Bridge, et al. Most locales are accorded two views, each in interesting perspective painted in watercolor, the details sharply edged in black in Munro's crisply familiar style. In this book Munro moves away from strict adherence to her "inside-outside" format, offering, as she did in her title on Washington D. C., a variety of viewpoints. The result is mildly uneven. Her outside vista of the British Museum seems to have been drawn from an upper floor of a nearby building and divorces it from the neighborhood in which it exists; the inside view is an unrevealing glimpse of the Egyptian mummy exhibit which seems crowded and uncomfortably placed on its double-page spread. The Buckingham Palace pages concentrate on two royal pageants: the changing of the guard, shown in a truncated view of the palace's east front; and the opening of Parliament, which is portrayed with a scene of a large crowd (back view) facing a coach passing in front of a generically official building. Much better is her witty take on the Victoria and Albert Museum, with visitors entering wearing modern day punk costume and the interior featuring an exhibit of costume from other eras. Her three-page section on the Tower of London is particulary fine, displaying its exterior, an interior as seen through a metal visor, and the wearers of such visors--models in a display of armor. As always, the final page includes basic information on the location, history, and facts of the sites depicted. The book displays a high level of craftmanship and careful research, offering a uniquely personal yet informative view of the city's treasures. --Christine Behrmann, New York Public Library
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