Review: EMMA – Her Adventures In New York City


Her Adventures In New York City

Author: Debi Allen

Artist (interior images): Nadia Ilchuk

Archway Publishing


ISBN #: 978-1-6657-0998-9

Emma is a beautiful dog who lives in a brownstone in New York City with her family. She is independent, adventurous, and full of life. Her neighborhood is filled with trees and furry friends. Allen does a terrific job of taking the reader through a day in the life of Emma – a day in which Emma starts out with breakfast, then moves on to many adventures!

Emma walks down the street, and chats with her canine friends. She encourages them to not just stand around, but to explore, to live their best life! Emma has a multitude of places to explore – after all, this is New York City! She saw a live Broadway musical, picked up a colorful new coat in the Fashion District, had lunch with a friend, visited the MET museum, and even got to play with the children in central park!

Allen’s focus with this book was to find a way to show children how they can live their best life, how they can explore and grow. Through Emma and her adventures, adults can talk to children, encouraging them to explore and find their passions. My personal thought here is that if an adult is trying to reach a troubled child, that this book is a portal to helping them. They can talk through the book, giving the child that needed bit of distance from their own issues and fears.

I also feel that adults will benefit from reading this book, as sometimes we tend to focus too much on work and forget that there is an amazing world around us, if we just open our eyes. This book can also be a portal to reaching adults with learning disabilities and starting a significant conversation with them.

The artwork is outstanding throughout the book – based on a beautiful, calming blue with the use of other pastel colors. “EMMA” is a breath of fresh air, and I highly recommend it.

Note: There is one unusual thing about this book, and that is that the story is reproduced twice in a single volume. I don’t know why, but it takes away nothing from the value of this lovely story.

© September 2021 Bonnie Cehovet

Reproduction prohibited without written permission from the author.