Saturday, March 20, 2021

Review: Keeping the City Going by Brian Floca


by Brian Floca
Atheneum Books
Picture Books
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

APRIL 27th!!!

Caldecott Award winner Brian Floca gives a heartfelt thank you to the essential workers who keep their cities going during COVID-19 quarantine in this tenderly illustrated picture book.

We are here at home now, watching the world through our windows. Outside we see the city we know, but not as we’ve seen it before. The once hustling and bustling streets are empty. Well, almost empty. Around the city there are still people, some, out and about. These are the people keeping us safe. Keeping us healthy. Keeping our mail and our food delivered. Keeping our grocery stores stocked. Keeping the whole city going. Brian Floca speaks for us all in this stirring homage to all the essential workers who keep the essentials operating so the rest of us can do our part by sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.


                                            * shows various aspects of 'city life'
                                            * well-done illustrations
                                            * nicely written                                 


Even when many things shut down for COVID-19, the cities couldn't come to a complete stand still. This tale shows many of the different people and things which still carried on, while kids and some of their parents sheltered in place

Young listeners will enjoy gazing at the various things, which happen in the city. From garbage trucks to doctors and more, each page is filled with the hustle and bustle of life. There are tons of details, which make it a lovely book to pick up and peer at again and again. Especially those who are too young to read on their own, will still enjoy flipping through and discovering things or pointing objects out. This aspect alone makes it a winner for the age group.

The text is age appropriate and for those, who have a little more patience to sit and listen. It discloses the various things that went on despite the lock-downs and pays tribute to the people, who worked hard to keep things going where needed. Listeners who live in cities will enjoy this one and recognize the problems on that end, while those who live outside won't feel quite as spoken to. Also, this one might have been more potent had it come out earlier, but even now, it's important not to forget those who continued to work hard and kept things going as well as they could.

I can see young listeners enjoying flipping through this one quite a bit.

And here he is...

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; and Lightship, each a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. He is the illustrator of numerous additional books, including Avi’s Poppy series. You can visit him online at

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