Book Review: Imagine a City by Elise Hurst

Imagine a City invites children to explore a fantastical world where they could catch a ride on a flying fish or sip tea with a gargoyle. The rhyming text is minimal, taking a backseat to gorgeous black-and-white illustrations. The scenery infuses nostalgic settings with flights of fancy: butterflies cascade from the pages in an old-fashioned bookshop, while tree branches spill out of the paintings in a museum. Some kids may be confused by the lack of a true story—it’s more poetry than plot—but most will love discovering whimsical details tucked within the surreal landscapes.


I agree with the publisher’s age recommendation of 3–7 years. When I read Imagine a City with a group of kids in that range, it was the 4.5-year-old who was most excited to keep flipping through the drawings to point out hidden details.

Imagine a City by Elise Hurst
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers
On sale starting October 11, 2016
Recommended for ages 3–7

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About the Author

Rachel Matuch
Rachel is a writer and mom of two boys who lives in Woodridge. She recently moved from Downers Grove and grew up in Naperville, but she and her husband have been discovering new things to do now that they’ve got a toddler and baby in tow. Rachel loves cooking, playing board games, and regularly raiding the Woodridge library. She also volunteers with teens at Four Corners Community Church, which makes her feel like an old geezer.

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