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Big, colorful illustrations and minimal text set the stage for a delightful cast of characters as they go about their day-to-day adventures in one little town throughout the year. Playing, chasing pets, running errands, going to work: following what happens and looking for the many small surprises in the pictures will absorb and amuse children and parents alike.


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Big, colorful illustrations and minimal text set the stage for a delightful cast of characters as they go about their day-to-day adventures in one little town throughout the year. Playing, chasing pets, running errands, going to work: following what happens and looking for the many small surprises in the pictures will absorb and amuse children and parents alike.

30 review for In the Town All Year 'Round: (Illustrated Classics for Kids, Illustrated Kids Books, Early Readers Book)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This is a fusion of Richard Scarry, & Where's Waldo with a European flair. THe illustrations are lively and lovely, the pages thick for lots of turning, and there are many ways for children to keep coming back to pick and find the many things going on. THe seasonal changes and passage of time are also particularly unique and significant for a children's book. This is a fusion of Richard Scarry, & Where's Waldo with a European flair. THe illustrations are lively and lovely, the pages thick for lots of turning, and there are many ways for children to keep coming back to pick and find the many things going on. THe seasonal changes and passage of time are also particularly unique and significant for a children's book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ioana Johansson

    Search books are awesome good times for adults too! My kid loves it and so do we, actually my husband "reads" it almost every day and we keep finding new characters, story lines. Gets a big thumbs up from us!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michael Sedor

    Greatest. Book. Ever.

  4. 4 out of 5

    RWaggoner

    Richard Scary meets Where’s Waldo with lots of possible story lines through each scene. One to read and re-read looking for different characters each time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    My absolutely favourite kids book, though not particularly a kids book. Plenty in there for everyone. It's just so well done. Amazing what you find even after years of looking through it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Hawkins

    "In the Town All Year 'Round" was originally published in Germany by Gerstenberg Verlag in 2003. In 2008 it was translated from German to English and published by Rotraut Susanne Berner. This book for the most part is wordless except for the page before each season, this page explains a little bit about each character. In this book you follow different stories for different characters in each season or part of the book, I found the best way to do this was to pick one character or story and follo "In the Town All Year 'Round" was originally published in Germany by Gerstenberg Verlag in 2003. In 2008 it was translated from German to English and published by Rotraut Susanne Berner. This book for the most part is wordless except for the page before each season, this page explains a little bit about each character. In this book you follow different stories for different characters in each season or part of the book, I found the best way to do this was to pick one character or story and follow that the whole way through otherwise its confusing. So for example if you got to the season Fall and follow the story about Fred and Andrea harvesting a pumpkin you will see on the first picture page that Fred and Andrea are carrying a very big pumpkin. As your flip through the pages you see them put the pumpkin in a wagon and walk down the sidewalk with other people that are pulling pumpkins. Then you see them carrying their pumpkin into the Cultural Center to a room for a Pumpkin contest and that is where their story ends. The illustrations where very easy to understand if you were trying to follow one story at a time. The first page of every season it had a page that was title with the season and then a big tree that was going through the changes as you went through the seasons and all the main characters were on this page as well. Then as you flipped through the pages it took you through the neighborhood, the farm, the subway, the outskirts of town, the middle of town, the mall, and ended in the park for every season. But on every page even the ones with the same setting it showed the people doing something different, you could see what all the main characters were doing and then what all the other characters were doing and how they all interacted with each other throughout the story. I think this would be a great book for maybe quiet time in your classroom because it would be very time consuming to look for all the characters and go through all the stories. Or this could be good for when you are done with a lesson and waiting to transition to another location like art or lunch. You could project the book on the board so everyone could see and let your students pick the season and story that they wanted to follow. Then as a class go through each page looking for that/those characters and talk about what is happening.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hockey Mama

    Super fun book. Not really a story. Only an intro of each person, at the beginning of each season,and what they are going to be doing. You make your own story as you go. The town is the base of the 4 seasons. The same places in a different season. The same people living in the town doing different things each season. The detail is great. Love the illustrations. My boys ages 5 and 4, and I took at least 20 minutes looking through the town, seeing what people are doing. We made it through Winter and Super fun book. Not really a story. Only an intro of each person, at the beginning of each season,and what they are going to be doing. You make your own story as you go. The town is the base of the 4 seasons. The same places in a different season. The same people living in the town doing different things each season. The detail is great. Love the illustrations. My boys ages 5 and 4, and I took at least 20 minutes looking through the town, seeing what people are doing. We made it through Winter and Spring. We followed Cassie, the cat, though town, who then met up with Lucky Cat. We followed the mysterious motorcyclist through town and then found out who he was. Frank wanted to make new friends, we see who he meets up with. Matthew is an avid runner, he looses his wallet, falls down and rips his pants. Noah helps bring the geese back to the pond. Snowy, the dog, gets loose a few times. Finding Fred with his wagon and wondering what he is doing. Finding the helicopter, and hot air balloon. Watching the new Kindergarten get built and MUCH MORE! Little tidbits through out the book, fun finds. Really enjoyed it. We have still finish Summer and then get to Fall. Definitely one we want to purchase!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dianna

    Here is another of those books with endless detail, one that could keep you occupied for months. In this oversized, wordless book, several scenes from a town are shown, and repeated throughout the seasons to show how things change. You can follow people through the pages, from their homes into the town where they do their shopping, or you can watch someone over several pages take their pumpkin to the town contest. Or you can look at one scene over several pages and see how the trees bloom and ch Here is another of those books with endless detail, one that could keep you occupied for months. In this oversized, wordless book, several scenes from a town are shown, and repeated throughout the seasons to show how things change. You can follow people through the pages, from their homes into the town where they do their shopping, or you can watch someone over several pages take their pumpkin to the town contest. Or you can look at one scene over several pages and see how the trees bloom and change, or how the pond freezes. My three-year-old son and I love this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This is my family's favorite book to "read" together. Really well done, following the same scenes and folks through the four seasons. It never gets old for us.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A step up from the Where's Waldo and I Spy genre of books. This one contains more complicated "tasks" and terrific illustrations wading through the four seasons in one picturesque town.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    want to give to my grandkids!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    This book is such a treasure! My 26 month old daughter loves the Richard Scarry books-her papa and I do too! Can we please live in Busytown?!! Our awesome children's librarian then recommended this book-I'd love to live here too. Such an inviting town with so many interesting characters. At first I'd wondered how it would go not having a story but my daughter and I just love this. It's made it I think the inner circle and we read everyday before nap and bedtime.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nadhirah

    I loved this! I’ve been having trouble concentrating lately and have picked up and put down so many novels since my last one. Thought I’d give this picture book a go. Endlessly detailed and I’m sure I’ll find new characters and stories with each subsequent reread. Even during this first read-through I was like, “Hey, there’s Suzie” and “Hey, that’s the cycling couple with the rose” etc. The illustration and the whole “searching” concept truly harken back to my childhood and I couldn’t adore this I loved this! I’ve been having trouble concentrating lately and have picked up and put down so many novels since my last one. Thought I’d give this picture book a go. Endlessly detailed and I’m sure I’ll find new characters and stories with each subsequent reread. Even during this first read-through I was like, “Hey, there’s Suzie” and “Hey, that’s the cycling couple with the rose” etc. The illustration and the whole “searching” concept truly harken back to my childhood and I couldn’t adore this book more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Minor

    Rotraut Susanne Berner's drawings are excellent. In the Town All Year 'Round is a beautiful children's book. Children can tell their own stories through the pictures. With few words in the whole book, children can make up untold numbers of stories based on the pictures. It is a book well worth having at home!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    My 3 year old son and I have spent much time cuddled up studying this book. There are very few words, but there is plenty of story as you follow the characters over the course of the year. This is such a sweet and charming book. While it's wonderful to look at with a child it would bring any person joy to spend some time with this book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carla Martínez

    We cannot love more Rotraut Susanne Berner's creations. My two years old daughter is an absolut fan and we re-read this on daily basis.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Such a fun book. My daughter and I loved looking at all the details in each drawing on the pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Full of intricate detail to find!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    Best children's book EVER!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Status: Read. And read. And read....Since we got this for Christmas, it has been my three-year-old's favorite book. And it doesn't even have superheroes! The town unfolds in six wordless double-page spreads chock-full of people and animals enjoying the pleasures of the season. Each season begins with a page giving you hints of what to watch for - the mysterious motorcyclist, a thieving magpie, a playdate at the park. Storylines also unfold over the year, such as the romance of Isabella (dog owne Status: Read. And read. And read....Since we got this for Christmas, it has been my three-year-old's favorite book. And it doesn't even have superheroes! The town unfolds in six wordless double-page spreads chock-full of people and animals enjoying the pleasures of the season. Each season begins with a page giving you hints of what to watch for - the mysterious motorcyclist, a thieving magpie, a playdate at the park. Storylines also unfold over the year, such as the romance of Isabella (dog owner) and Matthew (jogger). The storks build their nest on a chimney and raise a brood. Sophie buys an outlandish hat every season. Careful attention is rewarded - even after dozens of readings, there is more to see.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    If I could give this one more stars I would. I LOOOVEEEeeeeee this book and so does my 3 year old Max. We have checked it out from the library 3 times now and renewed it each time too! You think it's about time we buy it already? It is on his birthday list. this is one of those books that will be a child's favorite for years. There are no words but this book gives a child so much to think about. It reminds me of my favorite childhood books --- Oh What a Busy Day - Gyo Fujikawa. That book is a ma If I could give this one more stars I would. I LOOOVEEEeeeeee this book and so does my 3 year old Max. We have checked it out from the library 3 times now and renewed it each time too! You think it's about time we buy it already? It is on his birthday list. this is one of those books that will be a child's favorite for years. There are no words but this book gives a child so much to think about. It reminds me of my favorite childhood books --- Oh What a Busy Day - Gyo Fujikawa. That book is a masterpiece. I have yet to find something that captured the mind like that did mine until this book. A fun European flair and lots of fun characters and story lines...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Misha

    I LOOOOOOVVVVVEEEEE this book! My son loves it, too, and we gave it as gifts to several loved ones this Xmas. It's chock-full of lovely details, and you can follow various characters through a European town doing various things throughout the year. We spend hours poring over it, learning different things about the characters and their relationships. WONDERFUL. I don't have words for this one. Oh, and I should mention that it is wordless, too.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I don't remember what made me pick up this book at the library, but this is a charming book to share with your 3-5 year old on a rainy day. The book is organized along different seasons, and at the beginning of each season, there are clues as to what different people will be doing in the succeeding pictures. The pictures are detailed and fun to look at again and again. I haven't seen a format like this one - a wee bit of "Where's Waldo" with a sense of story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    I don't know more than that is book is a European creation that was originally published in what I think was German in four sections titled with the name of each of the four seasons. It is an illustrated feast! Each seasonal section goes through a urban area and with tons of characters that each have their own adventures, making this a book that you can come back to again and again with a whole new experience. Delightful!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Libby

    In reading, talking about and describing the objects identified in Town All Year ‘Round, a wordless picture book, the caregiver builds upon the child’s vocabulary and narrative skills by giving specific names to things. Suitable for a child 12-24 months old, a shared reading of this book promotes speech and language development with reading and talking about the objects and noting what is similar or different about them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kris Springer

    One of the best books ever for just letting a child explore. Wordless, it tells the story through 4 seasons of different members of a community. Watch Max and Isabella fall in love; watch Suzie lose many hats over the course of a year; watch children grow older...and the illustrations are charming.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I spent at least a half hour going through this book after my kids were asleep. It's so interesting and the illustrations are so great. The kids loved following their favorite little people or animals from season to season and through the town. We all spent so much time going through it. There's so much to look at. This is such a great book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    I love this big book of pictures. It's a town full of people as they go around in their daily lives. There are a minimal amount of words- just an amazing picture book. We look at the pictures and make up stories about the lives of the people illustrated. With the younger kids, I ask them to find something. It's my "go to" book when kids and I are bored. Can't say enough about it!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Siskiyou-Suzy

    I do like these sorts of books, that take life and condense it into these drawings, where everything is neat and deliberate and understood. It makes me feel calm. (You can tell I have a lot of weird anxieties about there simply being too much of everything in the world.) But the illustrations didn't win me over here, so I'm not that into it in general

  30. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Wonderful book by a German author that takes you around a town and the surrounding countryside through the seasons of the year. Children can find stories in most of the characters continued as the year progresses. Similar to Richard Scarry but I like it more. Nancy Pearl has a great review of it. I got it for my two year old granddaughter for Christmas and it's already a favorite.

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