Recently, my young nephew visited Montreal from his rural home. Driving north on Parc Avenue, we marvelled at the sights through his eyes. “What is a block?” he asked. Simple as it was to explain the parameters of this basic urban element, I couldn’t help but wax poetic about one of my favourite Montreal blocks: that special stretch of pavement on Fairmount between Clark and Saint-Urbain, where the air is thick with the iconic smell of Montreal’s wood-fired bagels.
I Love My City
France Desmarais and Richard Adam
Illustrated by Yves Dumont
A book this broad in scope runs the risk of oversimplifying complex issues and histories, and I Love my City falls into this trap (the history of the Berlin Wall is reduced to a fifty-word text bubble). Inclusion of some storytelling elements would have enlivened the text. While a love letter to the city this book is not, city-curious kids will learn a lot.mRb