This 47-page graphic novel tells the story of Pablo, a young boy who recently moved to NYC. He is the new boy in school- AGAIN. His family moves frequently and he is obviously disheartened by the repeated relocating. Pablo arrives in school on the very day the class is taking a field trip via subway to the Empire State Building. This is not a story about bullying. rather, the students are kind and welcoming to the new student. A student, Alicia, volunteers to be paired up with Pablo. However, Pablo is sullen, brooding and gloomy and rejects her kind attempts at friendship. Alicia perseveres and is not discouraged by his moodiness. As the class proceeds to the subway Pablo suddenly charges in the opposite direction- to a different train. Alicia does not want to abandon him and follows him although this means breaking the rules and not sticking with the class. The story has a happy ending as Pablo allows himself to accept the kindness of Alicia. The illustrations express the character’s emotions beautifully in this short tale. It is also a wonderful introduction to the NYC subway system, learning how to read maps, and NYC landmarks.
Nadja Spiegelman is the daughter of award-winning, comic book creator, Art Spiegelman of “Maus” fame. “Lost in NYC” received a starred review in Booklist, BCCB, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly and School Library Journal. It was also reviewed in the New York Times.
This title is also available in Spanish.