Poor little Lori. All he wants is to go see Times Square, but somehow he is thwarted every step of the way. First he takes a subway but gets out at South Ferry. Then he takes a bus but finds himself at 242nd Street. So he tries a taxi, and here's what happens: The driver says, "Do you have enough money to pay me?" Lori answers, "What a silly question! I am much too little to have enough money for a taxi." So the driver says, "Please get out then." Will Lori ever get to Times Square? Maybe with a little help from a very... slow... moving... friend.
The incomparable Maurice Sendak illustrates Amos Vogel's enormously amusing story, which first appeared in 1963 and has been rereleased for a new generation of lucky readers. Lori's melodramatic range of emotions throughout his arduous day is pure delight for fans of Sendak's familiar artwork, as seen in such classics as Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. Try not to be overly concerned at the idea of a small child wandering the streets of New York alone. This was written in another era, after all, and the silliness factor far outweighs the "unsafe" aspect. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulte