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*The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York* by Kevin Hawkes
Also illustrated and/or written by Kevin Hawkes:

The Wicked Big Toddlah

The Road to Oz: Twists, Turns, Bumps, and Triumphs in the Life of L. Frank Baum
The Wicked Big Toddlah Goes to New York
by Kevin Hawkes
Ages 4+ 40 pages Knopf April 2011 Hardcover    

In the sequel to Wicked Big Toddlah, the giant-sized toddler named Toddie visits New York City with his parents—and gets lost.

Toddie experiences the wonders of Grand Central Station and is amazed at the “wicked big” city around him. After watching a game at Yankee Stadium, Toddie and his parents head for the train, but Toddie gets distracted by a runaway balloon.

By the time, he realizes that his parents are not near, Toddie is lost. In order to find his parents in a big city, Toddie has to be resourceful—but first, he has to have a little fun with the friends he makes along the way.

Author and illustrator Kevin Hawkes’s large, bright picture book and oversized illustrations can barely contain the wicked big toddlah’s enthusiasm about visiting the city. Hawkes captures the excitement of a young child visiting a new place but also the panic that grips a child when he realizes he is lost and needs to find his parents—enough fear and adrenalin to scale the Empire State Building in portrayed in an amusing illustration reminiscent of a scene from a King Kong movie.

Other nice touches in this book include details such as the clashing touristy clothes, complete with Toddie’s red-and-black plaid baseball cap and the family’s Maine accent: “Ma! Pa! WHERE AHYAH?”

An amusing story with a few New York City landmarks to entertain children ages two to seven years.

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