This is a playful search-and-find, inside/outside book of underground systems around the world. Alternating shortened pages introduce the subways of 12 different cities. On the first page we see the exterior of the train, and are presented with fascinating facts and figures about the transport system. On the following, shortened page, we find the inside of the train and the platform, bustling with activity. On this busy page, young readers are invited to spot key items that are unique to the city in question; a pretzel, an I - NY t-shirt and a Statue of Liberty headband on the New York Subway, for example. Perfect for train-obsessed children, but also for a wider audience, this book teaches young readers about transport and also about cultural signifiers of different cities around the world. Uijung Kim’s busy, colourful illustrations have a manga-like sensibility that feels joyously contemporary. The cities included are: London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Beijing, Mexico City, Paris, Madrid and Berlin.
Fascinating to see a little bit about subway systems around the world. I wish there was a chart comparing characteristics (track length, number of stations, etc.) at the end.
While I’m not in love with the illustrated people in this book, it’s fun to see a few facts about the highlighted underground systems and then play I Spy in each city’s system—they are pretty tricky, so better for older kids, but either way a fun interactive and time-consuming element when you need a good reading activity.