1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom!: A Counting Book


Three kids imagine themselves driving on a racetrack in superfast cars. They zoom around 10 laps, counting toward the finish. Along the way, they Smash! Crash! and Splash! . . . until they screech down the lanes for their final lap.

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Three kids imagine themselves driving on a racetrack in superfast cars. They zoom around 10 laps, counting toward the finish. Along the way, they Smash! Crash! and Splash! . . . until they screech down the lanes for their final lap.

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Publishers Weekly
Counting takes a back seat, so to speak, to the thrills of car racing in Lynn’s (Tip-Tap Pop) second picture book. “Let’s race” shouts one of three children, first seen playing with toy cars on a playroom rug; the action shifts to a racetrack, with each child piloting his or her own vehicle, complete with animal-themed helmets and, in one case, a teddy bear copilot. The only numbers are those of the laps around the track: “Lap Three!/ Clutch the wheel,/ knuckles white./ Swerve to right! Missing that big smash!” Griffo’s bright illustrations pop, blending asphalt action with whimsical details. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Three friends and their toy cars pretend to be in a race with ten laps. Each lap has lots of rhyming and the persistent "va-va-vroom" of a car engine. During the race, tires fall off, pit stops take place, and cars almost crash. By lap ten, a winner blasts past the finish line and receives the trophy cup along with fireworks. The celebration cannot last long as another race must begin. While the title suggests that this is a counting book, the counting of the cars or race laps does not occur in the text. While the book may help a reader learn the sequence of numbers, there is no mention of the total amount of cars or laps. This omission detracts from the book being appropriate as a good counting tool for preschool readers. The rhymes for each lap are somewhat amusing and a fan of cars might be entertained. The illustrations are colorful, with each child having a distinct colored car; however, the colors make it difficult to feel as though one is at a racetrack. Preschoolers that adore cars might also learn a little about numbers with this title but their enjoyment may last longer with a Richard Scarry book about cars. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761461623
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 939,319
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Lynn’s three young sons taught her how to race toy cars. Together they’ve used their imaginations to create roads everywhere (couch, kitchen floor, dirt, sand, rug, and the bathtub, just for starters.) The idea for 1-2-3 Va-Va-Vroom! came to Sarah when she was teaching her oldest son to write numbers. They began imagining the pencil as a car drawing its own track. Those vroom-vroom sounds made writing numbers so much more fun. Sarah is also the author of Tip-Tap Pop, illustrated by Valeria Docampo. She lives with her family in Camarillo, California.

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