In The City I See (Young Art series)


Tori-Jay Mordey, In the City I See (Young Art series), Magabala Books, Feb 2018, 14pp.,  $9.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781925360790

In the notable Young Art series that showcases young indigenous artists, this neat little board book will spark all manner of conversations with early readers and pre-schoolers. It can be used to count, to describe colour, to talk about your own walk around town. Mordey takes an observer’s view of a city; a collection of passers-by, some pets, pigeons, buskers and buildings all depicted in succulent fun paint tones against the white of the page. Bold two-word coloured text labels each group and is well suited to the quirky illustration style. Each page spread shows aspects of daily urban life from different angles – literally as well as metaphorically – with a clear inclusion of the indigenous content in modern Australian city life.  The book’s simplicity invites the reader to contribute more in their own storytelling and encourages questioning.  Suitable for 2 – 5 year olds.

Reviewed by Liz Anelli

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