A Walk in New York
Looking for a guide to New York City? Keep reading…
Author and illustrator Salvatore Rubbino always traveled with his sketchbook, whether it was to the corner store to get milk or a trip to New York City. Wherever he goes he draws, gathering up materials for his next project or simply enjoying the act of looking. A Walk in New York began as a series of painting gathered from his observations. This series was later transformed into his first picture book.
Written in a first person narrative, we follow the main characters, a boy and his father based on Rubbino and his son, as they spend a day exploring New York City. Formatted more like a visual travel guide than a picture book; the pages are filled with fascinating facts about the city’s rich culture and history.
If you get turned around easily like I do, just flip to the end pages where Rubbino provides a handy reference map of New York City (with arrows marking the route traveled by the father and son as they wander around the city). The city is captured from a variety of perspectives, from street level to the top of the Empire State Building (which is shown in all it’s glory, as the page unfolds upwards). Like the city itself there is so much to see, New Yorkers are as much as an attraction as the famous landmarks. Readers are given plenty of opportunities to do both site seeing and people watching; people of all different shapes, sizes, colour and ethnicity walking among the pages.
The illustrations look like they were scanned from his sketchbook. Crude, scribbled drawings gathered from Rubbino’s time in New York City. There is a sense of movement and energy to the unrefined lines of the drawings. The illustrations are digitally pieced together, a combination of drawings, paintings and textured printmaking. Once the basic layout is established Rubbino adds layers of detail, like the taxicabs, pigeons and policemen. It’s all these details that overwhelm the senses, capturing the sights, smell, sounds and taste of New York City.
A Walk in New York, a children’s book review by Thao Lam
Author and Illustrator Salvatore Rubbino
“Salvatore grew up in the heart of London and still loves the excitement of living in a big city. He’s constantly inspired by city life, the endless cast of characters on the street, the changing architecture and by the thrill of not knowing what might be around the next corner.”
Salvatore Rubbino studied illustrations at The Royal College of Art. He also trained at the Falmouth School of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. Today he is teaching Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art and narrative illustration at Southampton Solent University.
Publisher Candlewick (April 14, 2009)