Perdidos en NYC : una aventura en el Metro / Nadja Spiegelman & Sergio García Sánchez ; [color & traducción, Lola Moral].
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Fall
Color by Lola Moral. Mr. Bartle's sixth graders explore the NYC subway on their way to the Empire State Building. Newcomer and lone wolf Pablo gets on the wrong train; good-natured Alicia follows. This graphic novel's detail-filled art vividly conveys scenes below and above ground. The Spanish translation is more formal than the original English but overall is serviceable. Brief essays and historic photographs appended. Concurrently published in English. Reading list, websites.
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #4
New York City, full of teeming crowds, frenetic energy, and looming skyscrapers, is also well known for its subway, which has been transporting visitors and locals alike for over a century. It is this iconic transportation system that Mr. Bartle's sixth graders explore on their way to the Empire State Building, among them newcomer Pablo, angry at having to start at yet another school. In the busy station, the class listens as their rumpled teacher holds forth on the history of the subway, but when the trains arrive, self-described lone wolf Pablo manages to get on the wrong one. His partner, good-natured Alicia, follows him, but even she can't keep up as he wildly jumps from one train to the next. In this vibrant graphic-novel picture book, Spiegelman's lively text is superbly matched by Garcia Sánchez's art. His detailed images from every perspective, filled with trains, stations, people, streets, skyscrapers, and even maps, vividly convey the kids' travels below and above ground. By the time the two children reunite at the Empire State Building, Pablo's sullenness has melted in the face of Alicia's genuine kindness, and readers have enjoyed a partial tour of New York City. Informative brief essays (about transit systems and the Empire State Building), suggestions for further reading, and historic photographs further enrich the book, also available in a Spanish edition, Perdidos en NYC, translated by Lola Moral. monica edinge Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.