As the City Sleeps by Stephen T. Johnson

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Imagine that you are all alone in the sleeping city. In the darkness even the most familiar places take on a different aspect, sometimes beautiful, sometimes eerie and even frightening. Perhaps mysterious things are happening: a giant pterodactyl spreads its wings above the city; far below ghost riders stare from the windows of a long-lost subway car; paintings in a museum come to life. In this fascinating book, award-winning illustrator Stephen T. Johnson takes readers on a nocturnal adventure to an unseen world that just might exist.
 

About Stephen T. Johnson

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Stephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known children’s books as the Publishers Weekly bestseller My Little Red Toolbox, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner My Little Yellow Taxi, the Caldecott Honor and New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year Alphabet City, and the New York Times Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Book A Is for Art. His drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York. Johnson and his family live in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at StephenJohnsonStudio.com.
 
Published October 14, 2002 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books.

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In his first solo outing (he previously illustrated, among other titles, Robert San Souci's The Snow Wife, 1993), Johnson paints a series of images of objects and places in New York City that look like letters of the alphabet, from A to Z.

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Perfect for creative-writing groups, after all, what is one to make of “Ghost Riders / Last seen in 1906, they vanished without a trace” set opposite a spectral train car packed with riders?

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This companion to Johnson's Caldecott Honor book Alphabet City once again inspires readers to closely examine an urban setting to find its hidden treasures.

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The letter B sculpted from the rigid angles of a fire escape, an R in a jagged street crack, an E in the side view of a street light-the heart of this stunning, wordless ABC book lies in the artist's photorealistic still lifes.

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This wordless ABC, a Caldecott Honor book illustrated with photo-realistic still lifes, ""transcends the genre by demanding close inspection of not just letters, but the world,"" said PW in a starred review.

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This companion to Johnson's Caldecott Honor book Alphabet City once again inspires readers to closely examine an urban setting to find its hidden treasures.

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Deliciously off-center, the book taps into the universal fascination with night, and although the lack of a definitive story line may prove a stumbling block to some readers, the enigmatic, hauntingly orchestrated journey will entrance others.

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