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Uijung Kim

Underground: Subway Systems Around the World


A 2021 Texas Library Association 2x2 Reading List book selection!

Find out about world cities and their underground systems in this fun search-and-find book!

'A Where's Waldo? for lovers of trains and travel, children will love searching for these beautiful foreign items while indulging in the common kid obsession over locomotives'. --BOOKLIST

'Underground provides an entertaining, highly visual experience that delivers a global context to subway ridership'. --Shelf Awareness

''This is SUCH a cool book on so many different levels, with so much potential for learning'. --My Storytime Corner

'Good for young train lovers among us'. --Kids Book Buzz

'Kim's graphic, fun illustration brings subway systems to life for little ones at a time when many of them are obsessed with trains, trucks and cars - a perfect read at home and on the go!' --BookTrust

This is a playful search-and-find, inside/outside book of underground systems around the world. Alternating shortened pages introduce the subways of 12 different cities. On the first page we see the exterior of the train, and are presented with fascinating facts and figures about the transport system. On the following, shortened page, we find the inside of the train and the platform, bustling with activity. On this busy page, young readers are invited to spot key items that are unique to the city in question; a pretzel, an I - NY t-shirt and a Statue of Liberty headband on the New York Subway, for example. Perfect for train-obsessed children, but also for a wider audience, this book teaches young readers about transport and also about cultural signifiers of different cities around the world. Uijung Kim's busy, colourful illustrations have a manga-like sensibility that feels joyously contemporary. The cities included are: London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Moscow, Beijing, Mexico City, Paris, Madrid and Berlin.