City by Numbers by Stephen T. Johnson

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Paintings of various sites around New York City--from a shadow on a building to a wrought iron-gate to the Brooklyn Bridge--depict the numbers from one to twenty-one.
 

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", and the Caldecott Honor, "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. Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York; the Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Among his public art is a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York, and a 70-foot mural planned for 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Johnson and his family make their home in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at www.stephenjohnsonstudio.com/.
 
Published October 1, 1998 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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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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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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In this wordless companion to Alphabet City (1995), Johnson joins the likes of Tana Hoban, Arlene Alda, and Donald Crews in his attraction to the numbers, letters, shapes, and compositions found in the architecture and infrastructures of outdoor places and public spaces.

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In this wordless companion to Alphabet City (1995), Johnson joins the likes of Tana Hoban, Arlene Alda, and Donald Crews in his attraction to the numbers, letters, shapes, and compositions found in the architecture and infrastructures of outdoor places and public spaces.

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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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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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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 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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