Get ready to explore the city in a whole new way. This innovative book for younger readers is packed with city facts, loads of flaps to lift, and unfolding pages to see inside buildings and under the streets.
Children aged 5+ can learn about skyscrapers, subway systems and stinky sewers. Discover where people live and peek behind closed doors to see what's going on in houses and apartments, or why not find out about what goes on underneath the streets you walk on every day?
Each page is stylishly illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock, creator of the All The Buildings That I've Drawn So Far series (Universe Publishing) and there are loads of quirky details to spot. How many giant cowboy hats can you find through the book?
Created in consultation with Jill Sterrett, lecturer with the department of Urban Planning at the University of Washington.
- The birth of a city
- In and out of the city
- City living
- Build, build, build!
- High-rise life
- Green spaces
- Going underground
- City hall
- Emergency services
- Recreation and culture
- Night and day
- Cities of the future
About Lonely Planet Kids: From the world's leading travel publisher comes Lonely Planet Kids, a children's imprint that brings the world to life for young explorers everywhere. With a range of beautiful books for children aged 5-12, we're kickstarting the travel bug and showing kids just how amazing our planet can be.
From bright and bold sticker activity books, to beautiful gift titles bursting at the seams with amazing facts, we aim to inspire and delight curious kids, showing them the rich diversity of people, places and cultures that surrounds us. We pledge to share our enthusiasm and love of the world, our sense of humour and continual fascination for what it is that makes the world we live in the diverse and magnificent place it is.
It's going to be a big adventure - come explore!
2018 Texas Topaz Nonfiction Reading List
"Likely to prompt young city dwellers to a broader understanding of their environment."—Kirkus Reviews
"This upbeat and thorough guide to what makes a city a city lets readers peek inside buildings, vehicles, and various attractions."—Publishers Weekly
"The detail in the illustrations and text makes this an attractive offering to children."—School Library Journal
"It's Richard Scarry grows up and meets urban planning. "—Shelf Awareness
"This clever guide to the inner workings of a big city will provide long and lasting activity to the young and inquisitive mind."—Story Monsters Ink
"With whole pages that fold out and lots of smaller, subsidiary foldouts, the book invites children ages 3-7 to explore construction sites, urban green spaces and the anatomy of an apartment building."—Wall Street Journal
"Using a series of flaps and gatefolds, How Cities Work gets to the heart of the intricate functions of metropolitan areas. To the casual observer, cities can look and sound like chaos, but in this interactive book, young readers learn about the interdependent systems that make cities hum, including transportation, utilities, housing, and sanitation...Delightfully intricate illustrations invite readers to notice new, small details with every look...Complex STEM topics share space with fun trivia in this interactive and informative science and geography resource."—Booklist