Book Review: Mona Lisa in New York

I’m excited to feature another picture book by the very talented Yevgenia Nayberg! Her recent story, Mona Lisa in New York, showcases the big city in a new shade. Check out the details below.


Genre: Picture Book

Age: 4-8

Author and Illustrator: Yevgenia Nayberg

Publisher: Prestel Junior


In this love letter to New York City, Mona Lisa is a tourist who experiences the city for the first time, and finds art, love, and inspiration in unexpected places.

Mona Lisa is taking a trip to New York from the Louvre. Yes, that Mona Lisa. The one with the knowing smile. After hanging in the museum for a while she decides to explore the city. She slips out of her painting and meets Tag, a street art figure. He takes her on an adventure from the Bronx to the Brooklyn Bridge and it turns out Mona Lisa doesn’t know as much as she thought. 

Throughout the story, Yevgenia highlights some of New York’s iconic places like listening to jazz in Harlem, eating pizza in the Bronx, dancing salsa on the High Line, and swimming at Brighton Beach.

Once again, Yevgenia shows off her trademark illustrations blending various styles into what one could easily describe as a masterpiece. Featuring illustrations of graffiti and classic paintings, this book introduces children to different styles of art.

What makes this story extra unique is Yevgenia’s connection to this story. As an immigrant from Russia and finding herself in the city of New York, Yevgenia she shows young readers all that’s to love about the Big Apple, while providing the perfect opportunity to talk about art and culture.

Check it out!

You can purchase MONA LISA IN NEW YORK here

Author’s Website:

Thanks for stopping by and happy reading!

12 thoughts on “Book Review: Mona Lisa in New York

  1. Such a clever idea. I’ve seen PBs of kids going into pictures – by Monet, Renoir – but I can’t recall a PB of the picture subject leaving the picture to galivant around. I am excited to take a closer look at this one. Thanks.

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