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[Nonfiction Wednesday] Miroslav Sasek’s “This is Munich”


Myra here.

We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2017 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year.

I did a feature of Miroslav Sasek’s travel picturebooks back in 2015. I thought of revisiting just one city that is dearly close to my heart, and where I am at the moment: MUNICH!

IMG_2563This Is Munich

Written and Illustrated byMiroslav Sasek
Published byPublished by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. This edition first published in 2012 by UNIVERSE Publishing. Copyright by Miroslav Sasek in 1959
Book borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

This introduction to the Bavarian capital has all the trademark Sasek wit as evident in both images and text. There were two things that stood out for me as I read this book: Munich is all about beer and sausages. It is the birthplace of Oktoberfest after all.



I didn’t know that beer could actually go well with white sausages, radishes, and bretzel. But as the adage goes: when in Rome.. or when in Munich in this case.

There is also the usual collection of palaces, cathedrals, and universities included here (Nymphenburg Palace, University of Munich, Academy of Fine Arts, St. Johann Nepomuk, and Holy Trinity Church):

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Singapore. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she serves as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads or meeting up with her book club friends, she is smashing that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life.

3 comments on “[Nonfiction Wednesday] Miroslav Sasek’s “This is Munich”

  1. lindabaie

    Oh, I remember this older book, should re-read it to see more, Myra. I’ve spent some time in Munich, even a party on a beer bus! I love that you’ll be spending the night in a castle. I missed that experience.


  2. Your adventures always make me jealous!!!


  3. I remember wanting to read all his books! So many books, so little time.


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