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And the cars go--
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Hop in for a droll read-aloud vrooming with sound words and intricate illustrations of all things that go.

What's this? A huge traffic jam? But everyone's in a hurry! There's the family in the paneled station wagon ( brrrm, brrrmm ), packed to the roof rack with gear for the beach. There's the be-hatted Duke and Duchess, out for a drive in their ornate Rolls Royce ( whisper, whisper ). Not to mention a yellow school bus bursting with kids in beanies ( chug, chug ), an overheating race car ( bang, hissssss . . .), an ice-cream truck (" Mamma mia ! My ice cream is melting!"), and other vehicles revving to go. Who -- or what -- could be holding them all up?
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PreS-Gr 1-When a policeman on a motorcycle comes across a line of stopped traffic, he walks to the front of the jam to see what's causing the standstill. Along the way, he passes a station wagon, the Duke and Duchess in a Rolls-Royce, a school bus, a race car, an ice-cream truck, a beach buggy, and a street sweeper. Each vehicle has its own sound, and the occupants each have a comment about the traffic holdup. The cause is Farmer Jake's prize sheep. All of the people get out of their vehicles and help herd the animals back into their field. "And, at last, all the cars go.." The text is clever and amusing, but it's the wonderfully detailed digital illustrations that will keep kids coming back again and again. As in and the Train Goes. (Candlewick, 2007), Bee's collagelike illustrations have a 1960s sensibility. The cars are chock-full of details, from the complicated workings of the street sweeper to the crank on the front of the Rolls. There are plenty of amusing details too, including two very mischievous seagulls. As a bonus, children are encouraged to find 15 hidden snails; it's not easy. A fun read-aloud and a great book to pore over again and again.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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