This is London
This is London is the second This is book and undoubtedly one of the best. Sasek concentrates on the things he likes best: people, costume, transport and local details that somehow come together to form a whole impression of the city that still seems quite accurate today.
What the critics said about This is London
This is a guided pictorial through London, its parks, its squares, its places, its river, a glimpse of its proper bankers and starched Nannies. This the smell of violets, the bracing warmth of four o'clock tea, the chaos of Piccadilly and the lure of the Tower. Ths is London, a city of history and civilization...a city of nostalgia for all those whose native language is English. M.Sasek, with his daring sense of design and his unusual use of color, conjures up the spirit of London town in a book so vivid and inviting that readers of all ages will take refreshment in this invitiation to a delightful journey.Books for young people: This is London, in Virginia Kirkus' Service, Vol. XXVII, No. 20, October 1, 1959, p.789.
M. Sasek of Czechoslovakia gives us a painter's view of London, and it is, if anything, even handsomer and wittier than his earlier book...In his text Mr. Sasek manages to be both succinct and genial, imparting a rather surprising amount of information, and the whole effect is fine.Ellen Lewis Buell To see and to admire in The New York Times Book Review, October 18, 1959, p.46.
Our capital gains, in The Times Literary Supplement, No. 3014, December 4, 1959, p.xx.
There are not many words in Miroslav Sasek's This is London, but those few are most memorable...
The colour is magnificent and uninhibited, the draughtsmanship brilliant but unobtrusive (one gradually realizes that these bold, stylized drawings are minutely accurate as well as true in general impression). The humour is characteristic and pervasive but always subordinate. The jokes are all pointed. Miroslav Sasek has drawn the visitor's London from foggy arrival to rainy departure. His book is a series of impressions, unrelated, one would think, but they add up to a remarkably complete picture of the modern city. The words and pictures are closely integrated; each has it terse style and humour.
A gay, witty, affectionate portrait of London, which matches last spring's This is Paris in brilliance and imagination of color drawings and in generous page make-up. It will be a happy reminder for some children; a guide for those who may be going to visit London; and for all a charming interpretation, introducing famous landmarks and the personality and atmosphere of the great city...
Virginia Haviland, Early spring booklist: This Is London, in The Horn Book Magazine, Vol. 36, No. 2, April, 1960, p.142.