Little Kid, Big City!: New York City by Beth Beckman and Holley Maher

Little Kid Big City New York book photo


Goodreads: Little Kid, Big City!: New York City
Series: Little Kid, Big City
Source: Review copy from publisher (Quirk Books)
Published: February 1, 2021

Official Summary

If you could have an adventure in New York City, where would you go? Curious readers will find plenty of sights, smells, and tastes to explore in this illustrated pick-your-own-path travel guide series.

Would you walk the Brooklyn Bridge for a huge slice of pizza, see the dazzling lights in Times Square, or visit the whale at the Museum of Natural History? With Little Kid, Big City!: New York you can create your own itinerary by choosing where to go next at the end of every page! Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a real-life tourist, here are dozens of ways to explore iconic sights, venture to nearby locales, and wander off the beaten path. 

In this first book in the Little Kid, Big City series—in which travel guides collide with an interactive format—kids are empowered to imagine, create, and explore their own routes through the world’s greatest cities. Featuring whimsical illustrations, lovable characters, an invaluable resources section, and a foldout map, Little Kid, Big City has everything you need to invent your own adventure! 

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Little Kid, Big City!: New York is a whimsically entertaining, yet also useful, guide to the sights of New York City.

The book is formatted as a pick-your-path book, so you can imagine yourself going through a day of touring New York, making choices at each stop. For instance, do you want to check out some of New York’s famous bagels next, or do you want to head to a zoo? This structure makes the book fun to read even if you have absolutely no intention of going to New York City in the near future because you can simply pretend you’re there! (Super useful during COVID-19 but also in general.)

However, the book also has merits as an actual guide to the city. I’ve been to NYC a number of times myself, but the book definitely pointed out places I haven’t gone yet that I’d love to add to my list. And, in addition to the main book, the back includes a list of sites that are near the featured ones, so you can 100% use it as an actual reference guide to help you plan an actual trip. (All suggestions are also kid-friendly, as the title of the book implies, though of course anyone can enjoy them.)

Finally, the book also includes little fun facts about each site, so you can learn interesting tidbits while reading/planning your trip!

I love the formatting of the book and think this is an immensely fun idea for an entire series featuring different cities. (Quirk Books plans to publish a guide to London next.) I definitely recommend it!

5 stars

5 thoughts on “Little Kid, Big City!: New York City by Beth Beckman and Holley Maher

  1. Noelle says:

    This sounds like such an amazing idea! Thank you so much for bringing this book to my attention.

    I think my son would love this. Most “little kids” are inherently curious about the world around them and this seems like a lovely way to explore places we’re unable to see in person.


  2. ashley says:

    The concept of this book sounds so unique and different, I’ve only been to NYC once and I did not enjoy it, I did enjoy seeing Lion King on Broadway and going to the Met though.


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