Eugene and the Sounds of the City

minedition. Oct. 2020. 28p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781662650048.
PreS-Gr 1–Eugene is an adorable, city-dwelling bear who just wants to dance. As he walks through bustling streets, Eugene feels the rhythm of the sounds he hears—buses rumbling, car horns, jackhammers—and moves his body to the tempo. He tries to convince other urban animals passing by to dance with him, but they are too busy and brush him off. After causing a traffic jam and angering a crowd with his dancing, Eugene becomes dejected and slowly walks away. Later that day, it begins to snow and Eugene hears the faint beats of the snowflakes falling. He begins to smoothly and carefully move his body. With the city at a standstill, other animals join him in calm and controlled dance moves. In the quiet, an animal crowd gathers and spends the evening making music and dancing together. Auzary-Luton uses line drawings to depict detailed urban scenes to great effect. The color palette is subdued, except for Eugene; his bold red fur causes him to stand out in every spread. A diverse collection of animals resides in this city—an elephant drives the bus; crocodiles and llamas drive cars; ostriches, flamingos, and giraffes roam the streets.
VERDICT A charm-filled story with appealing illustrations, for larger collections.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing