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From the Ollie & Moon series

by Diane Kredensor & photographed by Mike Meskin & illustrated by Diane Kredensor

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: May 22nd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-375-87014-9
Publisher: Random House

Feline best friends Ollie and Moon take a whirlwind tour of New York City.

During their adventures in Paris (Ollie & Moon, 2011), Ollie provided Moon with delightful surprises. Now Moon is determined to make Ollie laugh as they wander uptown, downtown and crosstown. She tries food jokes, dance moves, silly snapshots and cavorting with a troupe of mimes, but she wins only an occasional smile. In the manner of Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny books, Meskin’s colorful photos of the Staten Island Ferry, the subway, the Library Lions, Central Park and other iconic city sights and settings form the backdrop for Kredensor’s goofy cartoon characters. Ollie and Moon have square heads and enormous eyes and are decidedly uncatlike. As they move through the city, they are surrounded by a cast of outlandish creatures. A snail cab driver utters the poetic “Fuhgeddaboudit.” A trio of mouse musicians plays on the subway platform as a giraffe listens to a boom box on the train. Observant readers will find even more madcap extras, such as skating penguins, a beaver with a backpack and an announcement for an exhibit about cheese through the ages. It all concludes with a gross-out event that finds Moon and Ollie—and probably readers—giggling.

A fun-filled romp around the Big Apple for children and adults to enjoy together. (Picture book. 3-7)