by X. J. Kennedyillustrated by Philippe Béha
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Celebrated poet X.J. Kennedy captures what it means to be a kid in a city full of zany characters and urban adventures waiting to happen. Philippe Béha's exhuberant illustrations are a perfect match to these humourous rhymes.
Themes: poetry, humour, cities, urban life,
- Winner of the Lion and Unicorn Honor Book 2011
- Selected as the Year's Best Fiction for Grade 3 to 6 by Resource Links magazine 2010
"Jovial, whimsical rainbow illustrations and zany [rinted titles add to the bounce and verve of City Kids...[this is] not just for kids but for everyone who loves being alive." Children's Bookwatch
"The urban world is examined from every angle in this lively collection of verse about city life. Most can apply to cities generally, though there are some specific poems about Toronto, San Francisco, London, and others. Some rhymes are full of praise, while others don't shy away from more mature subjects such as pollution, 9/11, and crime." Publisher's Weekly
"There is plenty of child-appeal and perspective, as well as...rhymes and alliteration to catch the fancy of young listeners. Recommended." - Library Media Connection
X. J. Kennedy is one of America's celebrated poets for children, he has published numerous works including more than 10 collections of verse and two novels. He is the winner of the 2009 Robert Frost Medal awarded by the Poetry Society of America for distinguished lifetime of service to American poetry and the prestigious National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. He lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Philippe Béha is an internationally acclaimed artist. He studied fine arts in Strasbourg, France. A member of the prestigious Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, he has illustrated more than 100 books for children. He lives in Montreal.