Dodsworth in Tokyoby Tim Egan (Author, Illustrator)
Adventures of Dodsworth and duck!
Dodsworth could see the top of Mount Fuji. He could see the sparkling city of Tokyo beyond. But he was a little nervous. Japan was known for its customs and manner. And his “pet” duck was known for his mischief and “accidents“. So Dodsworth promises duck a nice wagashi desert if duck promised to stay out of trouble.
So after landing, Dodsworth keeps a keen eye on duck. Surprisingly, duck is on his best behavior! They take a bus tour through the city. They tour the Imperial Palace and visit the Museum of Imperial Collections. Duck gets into “little accidents” but overall, he is doing very well! And Dodsworth was starting to let his guard down. Finally they arrive at the temple at Asakusa. The Sanja Festival had attracted quiet a crowd there. And as duck started to sway to the beats of the drums, Dodsworth has become alert again! Will duck end up in trouble after all?
This is a delightful series of chapter books by Tim Egan. His illustrations are colorful and engaging. Tim Egan has successfully crafted a series of adventures of the globetrotting duo, Dodsworth and his accident prone pet duck.
In this book, Dodsworth and duck visit Japan. The chapters follow their travels to important places of interest in and around the city of Tokyo. Some of the words are harder for early readers, but it is a fantastic introduction to arts and culture of a different country. Great conversations to have and learn about new places, people and food!
We enjoyed reading this book for its good story telling as well as a cleverly crafted travelogue. Where will they go next? New York, Paris, London and Rome!