Reviews for City Colors
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall
Each spread in this boldly designed and photographed concept book reveals a square close-up on the left labeled with a color, while the same object appears within a city landscape on the right. While traditionalists may quibble that some colors seem digitally enhanced, children will undoubtedly care more about the book's clean presentation and the satisfying mix of recognizable scenes and mysterious close-ups. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Kirkus Reviews 2004 March #1
Photographer Milich follows up City ABC Book (2001) and City Signs (2002) with another set of generic urban scenes, each placed opposite a close-up detail, and captioned with a single, large-type color word. Though the photos were taken in several countries (never identified), visible signs are in English, and even children without much big-city experience will have no trouble identifying either the subjects-which range from a hydrant and a bus stop, to a thickly painted safety railing and, at the end, a multicolored garage door-or their bright primary colors. Despite one bobble-a car door handle that is clear in the detail, but blurred beyond easy recognition in the larger picture, as the black limo is racing by-Milich surveys Tana Hoban territory here with a fresh eye, and the same ability to draw simple forms from the city's visual jumble. (Picture book. 2-4) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 May
PreS-Gr 1-Milich complements his powerful The City ABC Book (2001) and City Signs (2002, both Kids Can) with a dazzling new concept book. Beginning with a red London bus, a blue warehouse wall, and a yellow highway cone, his photos create a well-planned city landscape. Precise partial photos inspire speculation on each verso with the recto revealing the complete image. The secondary colors follow: a green swing, an orange cylindrical curb block, and a purple playground stool. Black and white are next, followed by a pink playground conduit and a gray I beam. A purely visual book, the text is simply the representative color for each photo. In summation, squares of all 10 colors appear above the words "Many colors!" and face a picture of a garage door painted in different hues.-Karen Land, Greenport Public School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.