The Way Downtown: Adventures in Public Transit

A picture book dedicated to showing a whole bunch of public transportation scenarios. I could see this being useful for kids moving into an urban area, children who already live there and maybe kids going to a city on vacation. 

The Zanies are a family of street performers who take public transportation downtown where they perform on the didgeridoo and juggle! Dr. Brody takes a ferry in to go to work each day, and there are other scenarios as well including a spy! I loved the maps, the explanations of the sights and sounds as I can see that being particularly useful to kids with sensory issues. Forewarned is forearmed. It even says what to do if someone gets lost. The pictures are both helpful and hilarious- we thoroughly enjoyed this one.

We chuckled at the description of the smell on the subway: " shoes and cinnamon" which may or may not be accurate in Chicago depending on the day and occupants. Sometimes it is better than that and sometimes worse. 

I read a DRC of The Way Downtown in exchange for an honest review.



Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.