Yang’s simple sketches are painted over with bright, bold colors that are sure to keep young eyes exploring every scene, which bustle with cars, bicyclists, and other people enjoying activities both familiar and less typical for Western readers. A sweet tale about friendship that gives a glimpse of life in another part of the world, this loving tribute to Beijing is a perfect read-aloud for young travelers.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
With expressive ink lines and pleasing color combinations, Yang’s gouache paintings linger on the one-story buildings, tiled roofs, and intimate courtyards that characterize Beijing’s older neighborhoods. The details of the journey refer to the sounds, smells, and sights of the city, though the list of famous tourist spots (“I climb Jingshan,” “I ride along the west side of Beihai Park”) may make younger listeners wiggly as they wait to find out what’s happened to Kitty.
The lines are gentle and brushlike while the fills have only the barest hint of texture for a flowing sense to the images. A visual feast that introduces the sights of Beijing with a tender, thoughtful story in the background.
—School Library Journal