Review: I Love My City

Title: I Love My City
Author: France Desmarais, Richard Adam, Yves Dumont
Genre: Children’s, Nonfiction
Publisher: Pajama Press
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: March 28, 2023
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

The Big Book of Civil Engineering for Curious Kids 56 pages packed with information about

·       How cities developed around the world

·       The people who make cities their home

·       Architecture and culture

·       How urban planners organize a city and its services

·       The role of City Hall

·       Systems for water, waste, and energy

·       And innovations for an eco-friendly urban future  

In the spirit of David Macaulay’s The Way Things Work , I Love My City is a treasure trove of information for middle-grade readers who want to know the how and why of cities. Why did cities start appearing in the first place, or become what we know today? How do urban planners know where to place fire stations, schools, and parks? What’s a water tower, and how does it fill the pipes of thousands of people? How about roads and highways, communications and energy, water treatment and waste? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this richly illustrated, global guide to everything urban.


This nonfiction book is about cities around the world. It talks about the history of cities from when they first developed thousands of years ago, as well as how they function today. 

This book is probably best for older children, aged 9 to 12. Older adults could definitely learn from it too. I definitely learned some new things, such as how water is purified before being sent out as drinking water. I loved the illustrations, which included real places around the world and people from all ages and races. 

I Love My City is a fascinating book about cities. 

Thank you Pajama Press for sending me a copy of this book!

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Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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