Cyclops of Central Park (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful story from one of our favorite local authors, about the Cyclops of Central Park, who spends his days herding his sheep and staying in his comfortable little box away from the big city, thank you very much. That is, until his trouble-making sheep Eugene escapes, and Cyclops has to face his fears of the unknown to bring him home. We follow Cyclops as Eugene leads him on a merry tour of New York City from Yankees Stadium to Coney Island, and we discover that maybe new things aren’t so scary after all. I love this book and its delightful story and its absolutely jaw-dropping illustrations!— Rebecca
Late at night, just before he closed his eye and went to sleep in his Central Park cave, Cyclops counted his sheep.
When the sun rose, he counted them again, and that's when he noticed--". . . sixteen, seventeen . . ."--one of them was missing.
He knew who it was, of course. "Eugene?" It was always Eugene.
Cyclops knows the world is a scary place: the grass is too sharp, the carousels are too twirly, and not all restaurants serve spaghetti. If the world isn't safe for a cyclops, it certainly isn't a safe place for a missing sheep! And so he sets off to face the many "dangers" lurking in New York City to bring Eugene home. To do so, he will have to face his fears and call for some reinforcements--his other fluffy sheep friends back at the cave. Together, they just might find Eugene and have a fun time in the city. Which goes to show, there is no place like home, but sometimes new experiences make our world a bigger and brighter place.
Victoria Tentler-Krylov grew up in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and studied architecture and urban design at Cooper Union and Columbia University. A practicing architect now living outside Boston, Victoria is continually inspired by urban landscapes but also by fantasy, possibility, and imagination. Victoria's artwork has been published by Pink Giraffe Books in Russia and by The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Flutter Magazine in the U.S.
“In both premise and detail, Rosenberg employs a sly sense of the absurd. . . [and] Tentler-Krylov's wildly creative illustrations are fantastical renderings of New York City as it exists in a kind of alternate reality. . . Young readers will see Cyclops' loving nature and cheer his new bravery. Delightful, witty, and not just for New Yorkers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Rosenberg’s heartfelt narrative captures the very real anxiety that crowded spaces, especially congested cities, can cause. Tentler-Krylov’s fanciful mixed-media art adds even more humor and gravitas to the text, with the protagonist’s expressive faces sure to elicit giggles. . . Perfect for New York City–themed read-alouds and interactive lap-sits. A great addition to libraries serving young readers.” —Booklist
“Nods to many New York City sights and institutions—The Guggenheim, Time Square, Yankee Stadium, the Statue of Liberty—are woven into the text and background art, which makes the fun journey worthwhile . . . [while] the illustrations capture the magic of the city and show the beauty of life and adventures with friends. VERDICT This lighthearted and clever tale will be a hit for storytime and one-on-one sharing.” —School Library Journal