Rattletrap Car (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Wanting to go to the lake on a hot summer's day, Junie, Jake, baby, and Papa begin their plans to get their old car moving with the help of some unusual equipment and razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz.

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Phyllis Root is the author of the picture books Mrs Potter's Pig; One Windy Wednesday; The Hungry Monster; Turnover Tuesday; Foggy Friday; Meow Monday; What Baby Wants; Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble; Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones and One Duck Stuck. She lives in Minnesota, USA, with her two daughters. Jill Barton did a degree in illustration at Metropolitan University in Manchester as a mature student and has now illustrated several children's books for Walker. Her other titles are The Happy Hedgehog Band; The Pig in the Pond (Highly Commended as runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal); Little Mo (all three by Martin Waddell); The Caterpillow Fight; What Baby Wants and four stories about Baby Duck.

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PreS-Gr 2-On a hot summer day, Junie and Jakie suggested a trip to the lake. Poppa worries about whether or not their old car will make it ("It doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far"), but the family decides to give it a try. They haven't gone far when "boomsssssssss. The tire went flat." Junie knows what to do-she puts her beach ball in the place of the wheel, sticking it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. Then, "whumpety whomp!"-the floor falls off. This time, Jakie knows just what to do. A series of other near-disasters follows, each finding a silly remedy with an item that had been packed for the outing, and they make it to the lake. Cumulative stories are most successful when they have a little twist or surprise at the end, and there isn't one here, but the bouncy, creative language more than makes up for that lack. The internal rhymes, alliteration, and creative car sounds make a perfect read-aloud. The watercolor illustrations are full of action as the rattletrap car bounces off the road and seems to rush off the page. The words for the car sounds bounce, too, in their larger, uneven fonts. The illustrations contribute humorous detail capturing the family's alternating despair, inventiveness, and glee at moving again.

Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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