Los Angeles Is . . . Book
Los Angeles Is . . . Book
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Los Angeles Is . . .

Written by Elisa Parhad and illustrated by Alexander Vidal

Published by Cameron + Company


Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles is . . . surfing waves and fashion faves, citrus fruits and long commutes, lowrider cruising and poolside snoozing, zipping cars and Hollywood stars. From taco trucks to tar pits, this stylish primer to California's City of Angels, illustrated by Alexander Vidal, is spot-on for toddlers and first-time travelers.

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Are there any details of Los Angeles Is . . . that you particularly love that readers should watch for?

Not many people think of Los Angeles as a city of nature, but it absolutely is in many parts of it. Look out for the possums, coyotes, raccoons and skunks in the book. On the "Canyon Views" page, you can spot P-22, Hollywood's famous animal celebrity. If you don't know who it is, you should look it up and learn about him!

By Elisa Parhad (author)

What part of creating Los Angeles Is . . . did you most enjoy?

I loved brainstorming every aspect that embodies life in Los Angeles--the good and the bad--and then trying to get it all in the text somehow. Lots of text had to be cut out of the original manuscript because it went from picture book format with 32 pages to a board book with about 10. One thing I love about LA is the vast variety of architectural styles, which I was able to sneak in on the end pages. The most satisfying part though was seeing the text come to life in the illustrations by Alexander Vidal, who nailed it every time.

By Elisa Parhad (author)


  • Age Range: 0-4
  • Pages: 24
  • Book Type: picture
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2018
  • ISBN: 1944903232
  • ISBN 13: 9781944903237
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Elisa Parhad

Elisa Parhad is a writer and photographer in Los Angeles, by way of Seattle, Albuquerque, Austin and Japan. Whether at home or abroad, she travels with a camera, curiosity and an anthropological eye towards art, design, cultural heritage and history. Elisa's first children’s book, "Los Angeles Is..." (Cameron Books), came out in April 2018. She is also the author/photographer of “New Mexico: A Guide for the Eyes,” (winner of the New Mexico Book Award, 2010), “Southern California: A Guide for the Eyes” (INDIEFab Finalist, 2016), and well as published in the Los Angeles Times, Delta Sky magazine, BBC Travel, FACES magazine, and Western Art and Architecture. She lives with her husband and their two young boys in Pasadena, California.

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Alexander Vidal

Alexander Vidal is an illustrator and designer working in Los Angeles, California. Clients include the Smithsonian, ABRAMS Books, the LA Times, and the National Parks Service.

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