Tuesday, May 17, 2016

552 (2016 #18). An Armadillo in New York

by Julie Kraulis

Arlo is a very cute little armadillo (from Brazil - which I did not realize had armadillos), who loves to travel.  Author/illustrator Julie Kraulis' first book had him traveling to Paris, this one takes him to New York City.

Arlo's grandfather Augustin wrote travel journals that help Arlo plan his trips.  The journals refer to a "Lady Liberty" Arlo will meet, with lots of information about her.  Some of the references, though, are a bit vague ("she has had a few opera cameos"?  "often spotted at the [Yankees baseball] games"?).  The book ends with Arlo gazing up at the statue of liberty (in a double-page spread that is oriented at 90 degrees), plus a few additional facts about the statue.

This book reminds me of the old series of "This Is..." travel books by M. (Miroslav) Sasek that I loved growing up, as well as the Bluebonnet the Armadillo series by Mary Brooke Casad, featuring an armadillo traveling to interesting spots in my home state of Texas.

The author used oil paint and graphite pencil in her illustrations.  The inside of the dust jacket doubles as a poster promoting the book.

© Amanda Pape - 2016

[I received this hardbound book though the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.  It will be added to my university library's collection.]

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