Calling All Cars

Calling All Cars

Book - 2016
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"This bouncy text explores the wonderful world of cars zipping up, down, fast, and slow. And at the end of the day it's bedtime for these busy cars"--
Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2016
ISBN: 9781492618812
Branch Call Number: JX FIC FLI
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Beise, Sarah A. - Illustrator

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mmcbeth29
May 28, 2016

SUMMARY: "Big cars, small cars, let's call all cars!" This book takes you down the road past many different kind of cars in many different types of situations until it is time for "sweet dreams, sleepy cars..."

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created digitally. They are very bright, colorful, and adorable.

THE GOOD: This is a well written book about many different cars. Even if a child does not particularly love cars, he or she will enjoy watching the cars go by. There are some very creative car types such as "who's inside cars" for a car with darkened windows and "rainbow-bug cars" for a rainbow colored VW bug that is actually carrying bugs (this was my favorite of the bunch). The story winds down towards the end with a darkening sky to help little ones feel sleepy.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The illustrations are very busy for the youngest crowd of readers. I often found myself not knowing where to look on the page because I was visually overwhelmed. The layout was difficult to follow as well. For instance: when you turn to the first two page spread, the eye is directed automatically to the second page, instead of the first, due to the larger writing. I had to struggle to find the print among the busy first page. Also, often a car was described in the writing that was not there. Where it said, "Beach cars, town cars, tops-go-down cars," only two cars were illustrated. And the reverse was also true. There were often too many cars illustrated on a two page spread. "Old cars, new cars, starry-view cars" had four cars illustrated. The extra car was confusing since it did not fit into any of the three categories.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 3-7. I would say it is better for ages 4-7. This is a great book for new readers due to the simple text.

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cmlibrary_rkimray Mar 11, 2016

cmlibrary_rkimray thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 6

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