Written and Illustrated by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Knopf Books for Young Readers
2011 Horn Book Fanfare – Best Books of 2011
“I love the first sentence of “Subway Story” by Julia Sarcone-Roach, a Brooklyn-based author and illustrator: “When Jessie was born in St. Louis, Missouri, she weighed 75,122 pounds and was 51 and a half feet long.” Jessie, the subway car, appears in the first spread, racing on elevated tracks from sunlight to deep blue night. We see her reacting to her passengers, to other trains, and crossing through tunnels under the East River… Sarcone-Roach guides us to Jessie’s final destination with energy, style and charm. Only a subway rider (as the author most definitely is) could have imagined this book, and given us such a sustained sense of wonder.”
- Pete Hamill, the New York Times
“Sarcone-Roach displays a discipline not always seen in books about the environment; she allows her theme of reuse and recycling to emerge naturally from a fine story and lets readers draw their own conclusions without adding a heavy-handed one of her own… Illustrations, unexpectedly cozy-looking, emphasize the story’s tone. Structurally and artistically, the book recalls Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House…Cozy illustrations move the distinctly nondidactic recycling tale—based on real events—along to its affecting conclusion.”
– Horn Book Review
“Sarcone-Roach cleverly brings the story full circle: Jessie was once an integral part of a bustling city, and now a whole city lives inside of her. With sprawling landscapes and vast underground tunnels as a backdrop, readers will cheer Jessie’s story of revival. The author’s acrylics gently anthropomorphize Jessie, giving her headlight-eyes and a winsome smile. Immensely readable and surprisingly touching, this large heft of metal totes a lot of charm. ”
– Kirkus Reviews
This story of “Jessie,” a subway car built in the early 1960s, was inspired by the author’s trip to the New York Transit Museum and is a lovely tribute to the city and its boroughs. Told in a clever biographical format… The expressive acrylic illustrations set the tone and give the story depth…. This title will be appreciated by train buffs and those curious about the history of New York City.
– School Library Journal
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Signed copies of Julia’s books are available through WORD bookstore in Brooklyn.