Posted in Early Reader, Non-Fiction, Preschool Reads

Take a trip around the world with Metropolis!

metropolisMetropolis, by Benoit Tardif (Oct. 2016, Kids Can Press), $17.95, ISBN: 9781771387217

Recommended for ages 3-8

Take a trip to all the world’s major cities without leaving your library! Benoit Tardif has created a colorful, exciting profile of the world’s biggest cities with Metropolis. See the famous Opera House in Sydney, Australia, or go whale watching in Auckland, New Zealand. Go for rides on the London Eye and the Ancol Dreamland Amusement Park in Jakarta, Indonesia – with 34 cities to cover, you’ll have your passport punched in no time!

Mr. Tardif’s images are exciting, bright, and pop off the pages. More than just a collection of buildings, Metropolis uses both digital and traditional artwork to create mini-tourism posters for each location. We see cartoon-like characters selling bagels (Montreal) and seafood (Vancouver); baseball players in New York and Chicago; bridges, sporting venues, and natural sights.

This is a great addition to any collection. It’s perfect for young readers – I’d shelve this with concept books as easily as I’d display it with the Good Night Our World series of board books by Adam Gamble. I’d make it available to elementary students who need information on world cities and landmarks. I’d give it to a graduating student, to provoke some wanderlust!

Enjoy more of Benoit Tardif’s illustration at his website.

A solid investment for your shelves.



I'm a mom, a children's librarian, bibliophile, and obsessive knitter. I'm a pop culture junkie and a proud nerd, and favorite reads usually fall into Sci-Fi/Fantasy. I review comics and graphic novels at WhatchaReading ( I'm also the co-founder of On Wednesdays We Wear Capes (, where I discuss pop culture and geek fandom from a female point of view.

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