The Way Downtown: Adventures In Public Transit by Inna GertsbergThe Way Downtown: Adventures In Public Transit by Inna Gertsberg

The Way Downtown: Adventures In Public Transit

byInna GertsbergIllustratorMike Lowery

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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In this one-of-a-kind book, the complex and fascinating world of urban public transit is explored using five different characters' journeys through the imaginary city of Zoom. From the Zanies, a family of street performers; to Agent Theodore Rybka, a spy on a very secret mission; to Robbie, a seven-year-old boy visiting the city for the first time, the characters are quirky and full of personality. On this particular morning, they are all headed downtown from different locations, but they all end up in the same place at the same time. Keen readers will be able to spot where their paths cross along the way. All of the journeys from start to finish are described visually first and then are told as stories in panels, embellished with definitions, labels and explanations of how things work on subways, buses, light rail trains and ferry boats.

This fun and engaging book from Inna Gertsberg offers an innovative approach to a popular subject, covering a city's entire public transportation system rather than just one mode of transit. It's loaded with facts presented with fun, lively illustrations by Mike Lowery that are busy, humorous and filled with details. Also included are a city map, a transit map and a glossary. This is a book that will find numerous uses in the classroom, including social studies lessons on transportation, technology, the environment, land use, urban communities and map reading.
Inna Gertsberg studied fine arts and graphic design, and has worked as an advertising art director and writer. Her work has been featured in numerous publications. This is her first children's book. Inna lives in Toronto, Canada.Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including the The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A...
Title:The Way Downtown: Adventures In Public TransitFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:44 pages, 12.38 × 9.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:12.38 × 9.5 × 0.5 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1771385529

ISBN - 13:9781771385527

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a cute story with incredibly cute illustrations! This is a very cute story. It has it's own story going on as well as explaining the basic steps and rules for public transportation. Basically every possible method of transportation is included in this novel leaving nothing out. The illustrations in the novel are super cute and really well drawn! I definitely think children will appreciate and enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids loved this book! A fun read for an urban kid or one who is really into way finding. This book is funny and engaging and kept my 5 and 8 year old kids amused. They loved the variety of characters and their wacky adventures and enjoyed searching for them on every page. My younger one really liked the spy character. This book will teach your kids everything they need to know about traveling through any urban jungle. There are also colourful maps of the city and transit system to follow throughout. It is educational but in a witty and fun way!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from How do you get around the city? Tons of information on Public Transit. In Graphic like style we follow five different types of travellers as they make their way downtown. Every page has tons of things to find, young readers will be learning the easy way about mapping and getting around.
Date published: 2017-09-21

Editorial Reviews

An excellent source for social studies units dealing with urban transportation ...-School Library Journal