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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Empire State of New York is one of the colorful books in a series called The Spectacular World of Waldorf. Mr. Waldorf invites you to journey with him as he explores the state of New York, from the city of New York to Niagara Falls. Unfortunately, he loses his reading glasses and he must find them, so everywhere he goes, he asks people if they have seen his spectacles. Authors Beth Ann Stifflemire and Barbara Terry take us on an interesting sightseeing tour of New York State. Children will enjoy exploring the state and seeing beautiful illustrations of famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, yellow taxi cabs, ice skating in Central Park, and a boat ride at the base of Niagara Falls. Wow, Mr. Waldorf even gets to perform on Broadway—what a lucky dog! He even looks out from the 102nd floor of the Empire State Building in search of his spectacles. You’ll never believe where he finds his spectacles. It’s a wonderful idea to end the story with a question so children and parents will watch out for the next book. Where will this Labrador end up next?
Mr. Waldorf Travels to the Empire State of New York has such beautiful illustrations! The renderings of Mr. Waldorf the dog and the background images are very well drawn. Picture books need to have outstanding illustrations so that children and parents will want this book. Illustrator Vladimir Kirichenko has created strong, bold colors with soft, subtle tones to fill each page. Children aged 4 to 8 will learn about some of the landmarks and tourist attractions in the state of New York. It’s an educational, but fun book.