Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tinyville Town (Abrams Books)

There is a new series of books out for younger children from Abrams Books. The series takes places in Tinyville Town and currently there are three books out with a fourth one due out in March 2017. Today, I am going to tell you about these books.
Tinyville Town Gets to Work! is an illustrated hardcover book, measuring approximately 9.5" x 10.5". The book begins with a letter from the author/illustrator, Brian Biggs. In this letter, he talks about all the places he has lived and how they are each a bit different. He did notice that the one thing they had in common was the people. Wherever you go, you will find different people performing different jobs and all working together to make the community thrive. These different communities were the inspiration for Tinyville Town. The book explains that everyone in Tinyville Town has a job and that for the most part everyone has a daily routine. One day that routine is backed up, which causes trash to not be picked up, the donut shop to not be open, and the bus to be behind schedule. It is decided that a wider bridge must be built to accommodate the growing town. The different professions involved and actual construction of the bridge is the main focus of this book.
Following this hardcover book, two board books were released. They are called Tinyville Town: I'm a Firefighter and Tinyville Town: I'm a Veterinarian. Each book is 22 pages in length and focuses on that specific profession. In the firefighter book, we learn that firefighters sleep at the station when they are on duty. That night there is a fire at the bakery. At the fire, each fireman has a job, which include functions like hoses, ladder, hydrant, etc. Back at the fire station, each fireman has a job there too, including cooking and cleaning. In the veterinarian book, we learn that the town vet has a lot of animals, so she spends her whole day with animals. The firefighter we met in the other book brings his dalmatian to the vet, because the dog isn't feeling well. It turns out the dog ate a sock, something my son finds hilarious. I really like these books, because they not only teach your children what different people do, but they show that everyone has a purpose. They also give realistic career ideas, not just astronauts or professional athletes. I can't wait to see how many of these books come out, and I look forward to the release of Tinyville Town: I'm a Librarian next March.
These books were provided to me for free by Abrams Books in exchange for honest reviews.