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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

If You Were a City

by (author) Kyo Maclear

illustrated by Sanna Francesca

Chronicle Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 4
  • Grade: p


A colorful celebration of cities and the people living in them.

Just like people, there are so many ways a city can be. And this lively picture book explores all of them. From quiet and dreamy to bright and buzzing, the magnificent diversity of our world is celebrated by connecting the uniqueness of its places with the people who live in them. Wild, gritty, bookish, or sheltering—if you were a city, how would YOU be?

CELEBRATING CITIES AND PEOPLE: Vivid illustrations introduce readers to cities and their citizens across the globe.

A FUN READ-ALOUD: Kyo Maclear is an acclaimed writer for all ages. Her lively text is perfect for reading aloud both at home and at school.

A FRESH WAY TO THINK ABOUT OURSELVES: Sometimes it can be hard to come up with the right words to describe who we are and how we feel. This thought-provoking book gives readers a new way to think about themselves and to express their identities.

Perfect for:

  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Gift-givers
  • Educators

About the authors

KYO MACLEAR was born in London and grew up in Toronto as the only child of a foreign correspondent. Her father reported on some significant world events, including recording the first interviews with American POWs in North Vietnam. While Stray Love is entirely a work of fiction, it is informed by her experiences living with her father. Her first novel, The Letter Opener (2007), was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artists Award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award. Maclear is also an award-winning visual arts writer and the author of two children’s books: Spork (2010) and Virginia Wolf (2012). Visit her online at

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Editorial Reviews

“[If You Were a City is] a joyful and thoughtful exploration of the world and its communities, threaded with hope for the future.” -Kirkus Reviews

“It’s a dreamy look at individuality and imagination that centers intriguing visual juxtapositions.” - Publishers Weekly

“Full-page vibrant illustrations will draw readers in to explore similarities and differences between the cities ­portrayed and, perhaps, the cities they have experienced …. readers are encouraged to consider what traits of a city they find most important through the rhythmic and soothing text.”- School Library Journal

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