Although I am not a huge fan of early readers, I believe this is one of the better ones in that it offers a different viewpoint that many early readers do. The illustrations are great. NetGalley user, July 2016
A great basic beginning reader, with lots of good words and repetition. What makes it really good are the African American characters, which is a rare find in picture books. 4/5 stars NetGalley user, July 2016
I liked the illustrations. City Fun seems more modern that most of the Hillert books. They always come off as a bit choppy to me, but they’re good for beginning readers. 4/5 stars NetGalley user, July 2016
Normally I would find it odd that a picture book would need to have new illustrations. Classics such as Make Way for Ducklings, Millions of Cats, and Blueberries for Sal would not be the same without their beloved illustrations that fit so well with the story. However, some books could use with an updated look that better reflects the world today, when it is talking about the world today, as City Fun is. The original was written and illustrated in the 1950s, which for most early readers is not just a life time away, it is when Gramma was a girl, as far removed as Little House on the Prairie is for most of us.
The illustrations are bright, colorful, and show diversity with the people in the story. The new illustrations depict a typical large city, with construction, and parades, and fire hydrants being opened in the Summer. What is also nice is that though this is one of those books that has a limited number of words, the illustrations tell more stories, and I think children will love pointing to things, and talking about the story behind the words, as they learn to read. Netgalley user, August 2016
Colorful, clear illustrations with easy to read text. Great book for a beginning reader. NetGalley user, August 2016
The “Beginning-to-Read” series consists of simple sight-word stories from reading books used in the past. With only 58 words, this book gives early readers a wonderful opportunity to read on their own and to learn about the city. Repetition and short sentences make for a successful experience. In addition, illustrations offer clues to decipher the written words. This particular story shows the experiences of two friends as they try things and see things in the city. Playing hopscotch, roller skating, peeking through a wall around a construction site, riding public transportation, choosing a balloon, seeing a parade and playing in water from a fire hydrant are just some of the activities the friends share during their time in the city. A “Dear Caregiver” page at the beginning of the book lets adults know how they can use the book to help early readers. Children are sure to pick this up on their own because they can relate to the experiences depicted among the friends. Children's Literature