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Somewhere in the City

By J. B. Frank

Illustrated by Yu Leng

Somewhere in the city,

Lucy’s just not ready to go to bed.  

She opens her bedroom window and lets in the bustle of the street below.  

Stores are closing. A scruffy dog sniffs an empty pail.

“Daddy’s coming home,” she calls to the dog.

                                                                           Woof-woof, barks the dog.

The sights and sounds of the city come alive in a magical way as Lucy waits eagerly for her father to return from work. Watching out the window, Lucy’s view of dogs, bakers, and buses is juxtaposed with her father’s journey through crowds, trains, and finally home to tuck her in. Detailed illustrations contrast a child’s fantastical view of the world with reality, all leading up to a cozy finish that will make this a perfect bedtime book for city children everywhere.

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Review quotes
"This whimsical illustration of a sweet parent-child relationship will serve as a soothing bedtime read."
—Publishers Weekly

"Colorful illustrations, repetitious text, and a storyline familiar with many children will make this a favorite book for kids whether or not they live in the city"
—Midwest Book Review

Somewhere in the City touches the heart of what it means to be a dad and love your daughter unconditionally.”
—Thomas Matlack, founder of The Good Men Project

"A beautiful and sweet story about the power of love and connection." 
—Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters

“All children must go to sleep—even if they live somewhere in the bustling city. In this beautifully written story, a girl waits for her dad as he rushes home to tuck her into bed. Captivating and soothing at the same time—a must-read for all.”
—Mary Logue, author of Sleep Like a Tiger and the Claire Watkins mystery series 
Product Details
Age range
4 - 7
Grade range
P - 2
Number of pages
Publication date
April 13, 2021
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