Paris Hop by Margie Blumberg, illustrated by Renee Andriani

Grandmother and grand daughter have just one day to see Paris. The goal is to make it to the Eiffel Tower before sundown, but with so many sights to see, can they squeeze it all in? Paris Hop by Margie Blumberg is full of rich illustrations as well as a glossary of the numerous French words peppered throughout the book (including the correct pronunciations). The entire story is written in rhyme – a little off meter but still charming. The activities are perfect for the two generations including having their “portrait” painted by street artists and enjoying a view of the Notre Dame Cathedral while on a boat ride down the Seine. Must “to do’s” include a visit to the Louvre to see the Mona Lisa and a stop at a boulangerie to grab a baguette for breakfast. Trying on gowns at a boutique and watching an outdoor Punch and Judy puppet show at the park are two other fanciful activities to be enjoyed. When they finally reach the Eiffel Tower, the sun is setting, but the bright lights of Paris become a special bonding memory for grandmother and grandchild to share, rounding out the perfect day.

While Blumberg has written a cute picture book highlighting the sights of Paris, it is the illustrations by Renee Andriani which steal the show. Andriani’s phenomenal representations of Paris are finely detailed and almost fool the reader into believing that they have been transported overseas and are touring the city along with the grandma and child. Unfortunately, the illustrations simply overwhelm the text, making me wish that there was a little more substance to the story. I will be on the outlook for future artistic endeavors by this illustrator. Three stars for the written portion, five stars for the art work, leaving an averaged total of four stars.

A thank you to Netgalley and MB Publishing for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. This review also appears on Goodreads.

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