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Small in the city
by Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith's books are not for lazy readers, and I love that. 
You have to engage with the story, activate your eyes and brain, look for clues.
Small in the City silently published last month, a year after Sydney Smith was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Town is by the sea.
There we were mesmerised by the glimmering ocean and blown away by the salty open air atmospheres of Nova Scotia, while here we are enveloped by the Winter palette of blacks, greys and whites of a big city covered in snow (Toronto, or maybe NYC?)
The young protagonist walks through that greyish concrete jungle every day, where he has his secret places to hide and find comfort while walking the safest way home.
How does it feel to be small in the city? There is noise and potential danger everywhere, there are cars and many, many strangers. No one sees you. 
It's overwhelming for us, can you imagine how a small child can feel?
Through a smart dialogue between text and images, the narrator gives us his best advice for surviving there.

But is he really speaking to us?

This could be a silent book, since Sydney's art speaks for itself. However, the concise text is there to mess up with the reader's assumptions, leading to the unexpected ending.
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Small in the City [5th September 2019]
by Sydney Smith
Published by Walker Books
Reading age: 4+
Themes: Urban life, Independence, Growing up


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