This work takes a look at the many layers of life and activity in a vibrant, living city. As the reader is sped, twisted and turned from far above the city towards its buildings and then under the ground, the changing scenes and viewpoints provide a startling view of the city throughout a day, from a bird's eye view of our urban sprawl, to the dangerous microscopic world towering around a humble microbe. Explore the sprawling mechanical world of buildings and bridges, find the islands of calm and serenity amid the chaos and confusion of the morning rush-hour, and witness in close-up the manoeuvres and skirmishes on the miniature battlefield of tiny organisms smaller than a pinhead.
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Grade 3-6-"Zoom" is right: Adams's vertiginous bird's- and bug's-eye views of a city will leave browsers giddy from the sudden changes of perspective and scale. The artist's minutely detailed, page-filling scenes begin high in the stormy atmosphere, swoop down in stages past a busy harbor, a skyscraper under construction, a traffic jam, then below street level for cutaways of pipes (with alligators), a multileveled subway station, and an urban archaeology dig. Next, they switch to an extreme close-up of a human head crawling with mites and insects and then back off for wide-angle looks at a park and a stadium. Alcraft fills a sidebar on each spread with random factoids-Vienna "gets 40,000 tons heavier every day"-and often-negative general comments about city living. Children will enjoy these dramatic scenes and angles, though the ax grinding is gratuitous and, next to Steve Jenkins's wordless Looking Down (Ticknor & Flds., 1995), the overall organization is loose.
John Peters, New York Public Library
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002450060