See the City
The Journey of Manhattan Unfurled
By Matteo Pericoli
(Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375824692, 64pp.)
Publication Date: August 10, 2004
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Matteo Pericoli began his spectacular drawing of Manhattan in 1998. Manhattan Unfurled was published in October 2001 and was quickly embraced by New York City and the entire country. In this new version for young people, the drawing is bound into two sections (East Side and West Side) in an unusual and eye-catching new format. Pericoli adds simple text, and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he came to create his drawing (the journey includes boat rides, a motorcycle, and hundreds of photographs). He also enourages kids to see—and draw—a place in a whole new way. “Draw everything,” he tells them, “and you’ll know a place as you never did before.” A wonderful tribute to Manhattan, to cities, and to thinking like an artist.
Praise for Matteo Pericoli’s Manhattan Unfurled (Random House adult trade):
“Pericoli has fixed a moment of the ever-shifting skyline, and done so with delicacy and authority.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Pericoli’s drawing is at once monumental and gentle . . . together the buildings seem almost to be swaying softly in a chorus line along the Hudson.”—The New Yorker
“Seen through [Pericoli’s] eyes, Manhattan takes on the quality of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.”—Vogue
Matteo Pericoli is an Italian-born architect and illustrator whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Harper’s. His most recent book is Manhattan Within (Random House adult trade). He lives with his wife in New York City, not far from the Hudson River.