By: Yevgenia Nayberg

Published: March 9, 2021

Publisher: Prestel Junior


A gorgeous book that celebrates art from the Mona Lisa to New York graffiti and the joy of visiting New York City. The Mona Lisa is set to travel to New York City to be hung in the Metropolitan Museum of Art for local visitors to see. The Mona Lisa is used to be seen and known by millions. On her last night, she slips out of her frame to tour the city. But, to her surprise, no one notices her and she gets lost in the city.

While Mona Lisa worries she won’t make it back to the museum in time, she comes across another piece of art, graffiti. Tag, from Brooklyn, takes Mona Lisa to all his favorite places in New York City.

The art on the full-spread pages uses texture, collages, and various papers to make the pages vibrant. Mona Lisa and the art pop on the pages. Whether Tag and Mona Lisa are eating pizza, or salsa dancing, or swimming they are happy. This is a unique book to learn about the Mona Lisa and also to share in the joy of experiencing New York City.

Yevgenia Nayberg is a children’s book author, illustrator, painter, and set and costume designer. Her illustrations have appeared in magazines and picture books, and on theatre posters, music albums, and book covers; her paintings, drawings, and illustrations are held in private collections worldwide. As a set and costume designer, she has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts/TCG Fellowship for Theatre Designers, the Independent Theatre Award, and the Arlin Meyer Award. In 2018, she received a Sydney Taylor Silver Medal for her illustrations for Drop by Drop by Jaqueline Jules.

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