Me, Fidel and the Big City

A magically realistic picture book about curiosity and finding one’s true self in a busy metropolis told from point of a cautious child.  

The hustle and bustle, flashing lights and tall buildings of the big city can feel overwhelming to someone small. The child and pet dog Fidel are visiting big sister who loves to live in the middle of the vivid atmosphere. The child again is terrified about the urban rush – loud noises, bright lights and strangers rushing past. The city is filled with many scary things. Even the pack of hounds at the dog park wag their tails viscously and look quite frightening

But maybe not everything is what it seems at first? It turns out that Fidel and the biggest dog of the pack have a lot to talk about. It isn’t long that the child and Fidel find themselves enjoying their time together with new friends and the atmosphere of the city turns out to be comfy after all. There’s a place for everyone there. 

Lena Frölander-Ulf’s Me, Fidel and the Big City is an independent sequel to Me, Dad and the Sea (2018) and Me, Fidel and the Forest (2016). The magnificent detailed dark images in this scraperboard picture book give a sense of urban city life. It’s a comforting story about overcoming fear and finding your own place in the big overwhelming world.

 

A magically realistic picture book about curiosity and finding one’s true self in a busy metropolis told from point of a cautious child.  

The hustle and bustle, flashing lights and tall buildings of the big city can feel overwhelming to someone small. The child and pet dog Fidel are visiting big sister who loves to live in the middle of the vivid atmosphere. The child again is terrified about the urban rush – loud noises, bright lights and strangers rushing past. The city is filled with many scary things. Even the pack of hounds at the dog park wag their tails viscously and look quite frightening

But maybe not everything is what it seems at first? It turns out that Fidel and the biggest dog of the pack have a lot to talk about. It isn’t long that the child and Fidel find themselves enjoying their time together with new friends and the atmosphere of the city turns out to be comfy after all. There’s a place for everyone there. 

Lena Frölander-Ulf’s Me, Fidel and the Big City is an independent sequel to Me, Dad and the Sea (2018) and Me, Fidel and the Forest (2016). The magnificent detailed dark images in this scraperboard picture book give a sense of urban city life. It’s a comforting story about overcoming fear and finding your own place in the big overwhelming world.

 

info

  • Year of publication

    2021

  • Original title

    Fidel och jag i storstan

  • Page count

    40

  • Original publisher

    Förlaget M

  • Original language of publication

    Swedish

Reviews

  • Vi Läser

    "There is an eerie and magical feel in this book’s illustration world that stays with you."

  • Lastenkirjahylly -blog

    "Lena Frölander-Ulf has a phenomenal gift to identify with a sensitive child’s inner world. Me, Fidel and the Big City embraces pluralism subtly but effectively. The picture book inspires one to initiate discussions on the topic with children and practice identification, change of perspective and empathy. Interestingly, the reader gets to know the child’s family member one by one as the series continues."

  • Mia Österlund, Hufvudstadsbladet newspaper

    "Lena Frölander-Ulf masters the time-consuming method, and it gives her visual expression an own, distinctive style…The text's tight, precise expression stands out of from the dark background …Kindness is offered in the form of soft roundness of the snouts, the warmth of furs and the warm-orange light that permeates the book. Praise for the elegant cover where the city light in the form of windowpanes creates an atmosphere…Me, Fidel and the Big City is a multi-faceted picture book that doesn’t duck because there is danger in the big city but refuses to bow to fear.

  • Janet Wallsten, Österbottens Tigning

    "Especially in the big city, you can experience greater freedom to be who you want to be, which the book also conveys…

    Illustrations of the city under evening lighting are atmospheric and well-made in harmonic colours…The pictures are detailed. You can immerse yourself in them for a long time, look for new details to discover.

    The text and image create a fine whole and the message that fears can be overcome is important. For many children, this ability is one of the biggest challenges to overcome on the journey to adulthood."

  • Alexandra Sundqvist, Dagens Nyheter newspaper, Sweden

    "The trilogy about the child who meets the forest, the sea and the big city with the dog Fidel is reminiscent of a box of English sweets. […] With her adorable scraping technique, Lena Frölander-Ulf has conquered a very own corner in contemporary, Nordic picture book art.
    […]Through the years and the titles, she has not only refined the scraping technique but also the storytelling technique. […]Me, Fidel and the Big City is a seamless reading experience. And above all, an absolutely fantastic, full-fledged storytelling."

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