Matteo Pericoli began his spectacular drawing of Manhattan in 1998. Manhattan Unfurled was published in October 2001 and was quickly embraced by New York City and the entire country. In this new version for young people, the drawing is bound into two sections (East Side and West Side) in an unusual and eye-catching new format. Pericoli adds simple text, and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he came to create his drawing (the journey includes boat rides, a motorcycle, and hundreds of photographs). He also enourages kids to see—and draw—a place in a whole new way. “Draw everything,” he tells them, “and you’ll know a place as you never did before.” A wonderful tribute to Manhattan, to cities, and to thinking like an artist.
Praise for Matteo Pericoli’s Manhattan Unfurled (Random House adult trade):
“Pericoli has fixed a moment of the ever-shifting skyline, and done so with delicacy and authority.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Pericoli’s drawing is at once monumental and gentle . . . together the buildings seem almost to be swaying softly in a chorus line along the Hudson.”—The New Yorker
“Seen through [Pericoli’s] eyes, Manhattan takes on the quality of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.”—Vogue
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Matteo Pericoli is an Italian-born architect and illustrator whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s. His most recent book is Manhattan Within (Random House adult trade). He lives with his wife in New York City, not far from the Hudson River.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3 Up–This depiction of Manhattan began as two continuous scrolls, one of the East Side, one of the West Side, each 37 feet long, which were published in 2001 (Random). The drawings in pen and ink depict the city skyline from the perspective of a boat tour taken around the island by Pericoli. Spreads show consecutive views of the East Side, occasionally identifying buildings and points of interest. Open the book from the opposite cover to see images of the West Side. A personal narrative accompanies the drawings, affording insight into the creative processes of writing and illustrating. This is a fascinating work, but may be of limited interest as its appeal will be greatest to those who live in or have visited the Big Apple.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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