|Cyclops of Central Park|
Author: Rosenberg, Madelyn
Timid Cyclops ventures out of his cave in Central Park to seek Eugene, a daring sheep missing from his flock, all across New York City.
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/19)
School Library Journal (01/01/20)
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Booklist - 12/01/2019 A sweet but anxious Cyclops likes to stay nice and safe in his Central Park cave, but when one of his sheep goes missing (again), he braves a bustling New York City, embarking on a city-wide hunt for the adventurous Eugene. After combing through landmarks such as the Guggenheim Museum and Yankee Stadium, he enlists the help of his remaining flock, and they know exactly where to look—on a roller coaster in Coney Island. Rosenberg’s heartfelt narrative captures the very real anxiety that crowded spaces, especially congested cities, can cause. Tentler-Krylov’s fanciful mixed-media art adds even more humor and gravitas to the text, with the protagonist’s expressive faces sure to elicit giggles. The silly scenes of the sheep holding walkie-talkies in the subway and the Statue of Liberty peering in disbelief give this tale a Where’s Waldo? feel. Perfect for New York City–themed read-alouds and interactive lap-sits. A great addition to libraries serving young readers. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 01/01/2020 PreS-Gr 2—When the Cyclops of Central Park loses one of his 18 sheep, he must leave the comfort and security of his cave and traverse the entire city to get him back, stopping at some very familiar landmarks along the way. By the end of his journey, he's not only found his missing sheep, but the courage to adventure out into the world with his flock. Nods to many New York City sights and institutions—The Guggenheim, Time Square, Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty—are woven into the text and background art, which makes the fun journey worthwhile. The graphic-style watercolor and gouache paintings definitely elevate the entire piece; the use of bold color matched against an often negative background highlights and celebrates the artist's fascinating attention to detail. From Tentler-Krylov's unique character design to the varied textures in the clothes they wear, the illustrations capture the magic of the city and show the beauty of life and adventures with friends. VERDICT This lighthearted and clever tale will be a hit for storytime and one-on-one sharing.—Peter Blenski, Hartland Public Library, WI - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.