Somewhere in the City
Somewhere in the city,
Lucy’s just not ready to go to bed.
She opens her bedroom window and lets in the bustle of the street below.
Stores are closing. A scruffy dog sniffs an empty pail.
“Daddy’s coming home,” she calls to the dog.
Woof-woof, barks the dog.
The sights and sounds of the city come alive in a magical way as Lucy waits eagerly for her father to return from work. Watching out the window, Lucy’s view of dogs, bakers, and buses is juxtaposed with her father’s journey through crowds, trains, and finally home to tuck her in. Detailed illustrations contrast a child’s fantastical view of the world with reality, all leading up to a cozy finish that will make this a perfect bedtime book for city children everywhere.
Praise For Somewhere in the City…
“Somewhere in the City touches the heart of what it means to be a dad and love your daughter unconditionally.”
—Thomas Matlack, founder of The Good Men Project
"A beautiful and sweet story about the power of love and connection."
—Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life that Matters
“All children must go to sleep—even if they live somewhere in the bustling city. In this beautifully written story, a girl waits for her dad as he rushes home to tuck her into bed. Captivating and soothing at the same time—a must-read for all.”
—Mary Logue, author of Sleep Like a Tiger and the Claire Watkins mystery series
Familius, 9781641702607, 32pp.
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
About the Author
J. B. Frank holds a masters degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. She is an Emmy Award– and Cine Award–winning television producer and has written articles for a number of children’s magazines and journals.
Yu Leng is a Chinese freelance illustrator whose work has been shortlisted in the CCBF Young Illustrators Competition. She graduated from Hubei Institute of Fine Arts with a focus on children’s books and other types of illustration projects.