Kids love scavenger hunts- and especially books with hunts. Most 4 year olds go crazy over the detailed searches in “Where’s Waldo?” and the “I SPY” series when we adults can barely manage their dense visual mazes. A recently published book manages to please both kids and adults with its “real life” scavenger hunt. “The ABC’s of Brooklyn”, by G. Augustine Lynas and Brooklynite Peter Vadnai, is an alphabet and number guidebook to Brooklyn that features some of your favorite icons: Coney Island’s ferris wheel, the Brooklyn Museum and of course- the Brooklyn Bridge.
It’s fun to search the pages for icons you have seen……and which ones should be visited on your next excursion. As my son and I read the book, we debated which street the row houses stood on, or if we had seen that colorful metal sculpture nestled in the quad at Pratt Institute’s campus. We concluded we needed to go back to Pratt to see that metal sculpture- and check it off our list.
The book is fully engaging to the 5 years and up set as the alliteration and the vocabulary make use of that age’s knowledge but the younger set can enjoy the visual diary of Brooklyn life and the number section. Who wouldn’t want to count 10 cherry cheese cakes?
There are great facts about Brooklyn history and neighborhoods that make the book interesting for adults too. How could I have lived in Brooklyn all this time and not known that the Verrazano Bridge has always been the starting point for the NYC Marathon or that our Kings County was named by the British after their King Charles II?
You can order the books here or buy them at MOMA’s gift shop, or at Amazon or at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene. The book is available at almost all the independent book stores in Brooklyn, a number of children’s stores such as LuLu’s and Area Kids, Acorn Toys, etc. as well as the gift shops of The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the NYC Transit Museum. The book retails for $16.95.