Americanine: A Haute Dog in New York

Americanine: A Haute Dog in New York


Written and illustrated by Yann Kebbi
Translated from French by Sarah Klinger

Here, a French dog, upon his return to Paris, recounts his amazing trip to New York City to his dog pals. Sharing his visit so they can really, truly see it through his eyes, so, too, does the reader, in page after glorious page of free, vibrant, kinetically sketched images! Whether it's the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island, the Guggenheim Museum, Grand Central Station, or a pug looking in a doughnut shop window, Americanine pulsates with aliveness and charm.

Marked by energy and humor, and rendered from a haute dog perspective through fresh, as well as French, eyes, Americanine doesn't give us the elegant, platinum New York of Stieglitz, but rather a bold, contemporary, colorfully diverse city that feels bright, nonstop, and like no other. In these pages you will find real people in a real city, perceived with the romance of a young French artist.

ISBN: 978-1-59270-172-8
9.25" (W) x 12.5" (H) • 72 pages • HC

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“In this lively children's story, a French dog recounts his trip to New York City to his pals. His vivid descriptions accompanied by vibrant, kinetic sketches, allow the reader to see through his eyes. Whether it's the Wonder Wheel, the Guggenheim, or a pug peering through the window of a doughnut shop window, Americanine pulsates with energy!” —French Embassy in the United States

"This book is about a dog who is telling some other dogs what it was like when he went on a trip to New York City. […] This book is really really fun because I like all the pictures. It is the funnest book that I have!" —Kids' Book Buzz

“A tourist’s view of New York City, from close to the pavement. The low-slung canine of the title sports an American-flag makeover (with stars on his rump), and he is telling his buddies back in Paris what his trip to New York City was like. His is a very doggy approach, as he recounts seeing foolish folks running in place (on gym treadmills), without any balls to chase, and others painting one another’s paws (in a nail salon). … The images are made in a jittery and lively line and color. […] As a study in European impressions of America, this fascinates.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Sophisticated humor and striking colored pencil artwork characterize this story of a pooch recounting a trip to the Big Apple to his cohorts back home in France. Readers will be in the know about some of the things that confuse the dachshund (‘I actually saw people through windows who were running hard but never left their spot and no ball ever showed up’), such as his concern for the Statue of Liberty, whose arm must ‘be pretty sore from holding up her torch!’ They will also relate to the canine's delight in a park ‘so big that there's a zoo inside,’ stories-high murals that dot the landscape, doggy bags, Coney Island, and more. Throughout the book, pages of text with spot-art pencil sketches (and, often, speech bubbles) face full-page, colorful drawings that reflect the hustle and bustle of urban life. These are each followed by a wordless spread featuring expansive, street- and bird's-eye views of city life. Whether depicting outdoor scenes or the interiors of museums, restaurants, or subway stations, each illustration offers multiple amusing scenarios and characters to observe and, perhaps, create stories about.” —Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal


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