Ami Shin’s intricate Mice in the City books make great gifts

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Mice in the CityMICE IN THE CITY: NEW YORK and MICE IN THE CITY: LONDON, by Ami Shin, Thames & Hudson, March 20, 2018, Hardcover, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

Thames & Hudson’s Mice in the City series makes me smile. It’s like a mashup between the Babar and Where’s Waldo? books. This time around, though, it’s mice that are the stars.

Each book features different city attractions along with a short verse explaining the draw. Each location features a highly detailed illustration in which surprises abound. The beginning of each book highlights eight characters that are hidden in each spread. And some of them are very difficult to find!

Mice in the CityIn Mice in the City: New York, readers are treated to mice going about their daily work. They cross town on the subway and get to work. Among the famous places readers will stop are the Strand Bookstore, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Times Square.

Mice in the City: London features Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and my favorite, the Tate Modern.

Ami Shin’s intricate illustrations are a joy. It’s so easy to get swept up in what the individual mice are doing that you forget which character you’re “seeking.” The books are a little taller than standard picture books, but they’re a good size for this specific use. These are going on my go-to list of perfect picture book gifts.

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Jessica Harrison is the main reviewer behind Cracking the Cover. Prior to creating Cracking the Cover, Jessica worked as the in-house book critic for the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City. Jessica also worked as a copy editor and general features writer for the paper. Following that, Jessica spent two years with an international company as a social media specialist. She is currently a freelance writer/editor. She is passionate about reading and giving people the tools to make informed decisions in their own book choices.

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