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Keekee's Big Adventures in London, England


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Shannon Jones is the author of the award-winning KeeKee's Big Adventures picture book series. Her love of travel began at a young age. It opened her eyes and ears to the world. Living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the idea for KeeKee's Big Adventures was born. After twenty years in the marketing field, Shannon is introducing children to some of her favorite places through KeeKee. Casey Uhelski graduated with honors from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration. As a little girl, she loved books, doodling, and daydreaming, and has happily gone on to pursue a career as a children's-book illustrator.


"KeeKee's Big Adventures in London, England follows the same fun, enriching and educational formula. As always, the illustrations by Casey Uhelski are charming and delightful! (I love how there are little tidbits that adults are sure to get a chuckle out of that are placed in some of the illustrations, so much fun!)" --Caren Gittleman, Cat Chat with Caren & Cody
"If you have children that love to travel, even if it's armchair travel, they need to meet KeeKee the cat. She's a real cat adopted from a shelter in Washington State, who moved to the Netherlands with her family. Her cartoon self has written 5 award-winning books, including her latest about her adventures in London. Kids can travel around the city with KeeKee and her friend William Sheepspeare, visiting attractions like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. The book includes a glossary of British Terms (Brilliant, I say!) and a kid-friendly map of London. Check out KeeKee's website for free, colorful, printable travel guides to Paris, Amsterdam, Athens, and Rome or to view her podcast." --Pam Wattenbarger, Simply Southern Mom
"5 Stars. KeeKee's Big Adventures in London, England is part of a series of European travel picture books starring KeeKee, the cute and curious little cat. Author Shannon Jones joins up with illustrator Casey Uhelski to unfold for a small child's eyes what sightseeing in the amazing metropolis of London is like. KeeKee has been to several big cities in Europe and now, starry-eyed and excited, she drifts with her little hot air balloon (what a fun way to travel) over London. After going on a tour of major locations with a local, KeeKee runs into a sedate little woman in a blue hat who takes KeeKee to tea--the Queen, of course. After learning a lot about England, the cheerful kitty drifts off in search of more places to explore. This is a great way for kids to discover some of the major tourist attractions in London. Every Londoner KeeKee meets is a little animal like herself, presented as mostly her size and very friendly. Shannon Jones nailed a panoramic glance over most of the attractions you might visit during a day touring London and what fun it is to be there for the first time. KeeKee feels special as she is guided by friendly Shakespearean actor Will through a beautifully illustrated medley of sleek modern subways, old stone buildings, and unique British cuisine, and she is genuinely excited and spontaneous as she learns about this great city. A happy tone of really enjoying oneself threads gently through the book and that made me have as much fun with KeeKee's Big Adventures in London, England as KeeKee herself did." --Sarah Scheele, Readers Favorite
"A peripatetic calico cat visits London in this fifth picture book in a series. KeeKee is a feline who travels the world by balloon, seeing such famous cities as Paris, Rome, and now, London. The cat starts out with Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, where Will, a ram, makes her feel welcome. He offers to show her around, and they travel by double-decker bus and the Underground, visiting such tourist landmarks as Piccadilly Circus, and the ravens at the Tower of London. After a pub lunch, they watch the changing of the Queen's Horse Guard, and are invited to tea by the corgi queen. KeeKee and Will look around the palace, then have a delicious tea. A London guide, glossary, and maps are included, plus links for KeeKee fans. Jones (KeeKee's Big Adventures in Athens, Greece, 2014, etc.) provides a good beginner's introduction to London that will be especially helpful for children visiting for the first time and needing orientation regarding lingo, food, and popular sights. Adults will enjoy in-jokes, such as the queen being represented by a corgi, the real-life queen's favorite canine. Returning illustrator Uhelski's illustrations are a huge plus, doing much to set the stage by depicting detailed landmarks and capturing KeeKee's friendly personality. A charming, beautifully illustrated guide to the English capital for kids."--Kirkus Reviews
"Shannon Jones's picture book KeeKee's Big Adventures in London, England provides a colorful and realistic depiction of London as KeeKee the calico kitty explores it and learns all about it. KeeKee travels the world in a hot air balloon, having adventures and learning about different cultures. This story follows her to London, where she gets off at the Globe Theatre and meets Will, a sheep version of William Shakespeare. Will takes her around to all the places she wants to visit. They ride a double-decker bus, visit 'pickle dilly, ' learn that Big Ben is the bell inside Elizabeth Tower, and have tea with the queen. KeeKee then leaves for her next adventure, but not without including a guide and glossary to explain all things London. Explanatory in nature, KeeKee's adventures leave a true impression of what it's like to visit London. KeeKee's misconceptions and quirky names for places allow for real-time lessons from Will that are fun and descriptive. The included glossary lets KeeKee explore without stopping to explain the language--sans funny names for food, which she jokes about lovingly. KeeKee is a great tourist, eager to learn and kind to those she meets. She makes light of being around famous people like Shakespeare and the queen, and her curiosity and openness to making friends are easy to relate to. She's unafraid of being wrong and takes time for the important things while traveling, even stopping to smell the roses in the queen's garden. The font size is small, and text is sparse on the page, but a lot is conveyed in few words. Full-spread illustrations make up for things unsaid. The story is fast and easy to comprehend. It is without conflict to complement its teaching style. Casey Uhelski's stunning illustrations bring London to life. They are colorful and consistent and add a dreamlike quality to the city, making it appealing to visit. True to life, KeeKee and Will navigate rain in the city, take the Underground, and even show up on a map through Hyde Park. This extra attention to detail makes the setting realistic and enticing all at once. KeeKee's Big Adventures in London, England is part travel guide, part exploration, and all about making friends and being open to learning about new places--an adventure not to be missed." -- Rebecca Monterusso, Foreword Reviews

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