Overview

Vroom! Vroom! From the backseat, what do you see? Whether on a cross-country road trip or a quick jaunt across town, there's no end to what a child can see from the backseat of a car. Using familiar road signs, this striking book introduces little ones not just to the alphabet but also to the world around them. Equally perfect for transportation-obsessed children and those just learning to read, this fresh and dynamic picture book will entertain and educate at home, in the ...
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Backseat A-B-See

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Overview

Vroom! Vroom! From the backseat, what do you see? Whether on a cross-country road trip or a quick jaunt across town, there's no end to what a child can see from the backseat of a car. Using familiar road signs, this striking book introduces little ones not just to the alphabet but also to the world around them. Equally perfect for transportation-obsessed children and those just learning to read, this fresh and dynamic picture book will entertain and educate at home, in the classroom, and on the go.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a visual departure from van Lieshout’s previous books, this alphabetical tribute to road signs rolls along glossy black pages designed to look like highway blacktop with a dotted white center line. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a familiar road sign (No Entry, Stop, Yield, etc.). Van Lieshout keeps the formula simple, allowing readers to make their own connections between the white capital letters and the images (Q stands for “Quack,” which appears on a yellow sign showing ducks crossing). Backseat drivers will enjoy learning the language of the road along with their ABCs. Ages 3–6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)
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"A worthy concept book" - School Library Journal

"Backseat drivers will enjoy learning the language of the road along with their ABCs.." - Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Signs are fascinating and road signs are among the ones we see almost daily. As a matter of fact, the Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals is an international treaty designed to increase road safety and aid international road traffic by standardizing the signing system for road traffic (road signs, traffic lights and road markings) in use internationally. These signs employ shape, color, images and sometimes words. The U.S. hexagonal stop sign in red is one of the most easily recognized road symbols. So what can one see riding in a car? Signs from A to Z, according to this book. The alphabet is presented using a variety of signs that kids will love spotting while on a ride. "A" is for airport; with a recognizable airplane looking like it is already aloft or has just taken off. All of the pages are designed to look like an asphalt roadway and in some, a young child peers out the window of a yellow car. One of the more striking layouts is the centerfold which features the letters "N" and "O." There is a big red sign that says "No Entry" and the opposing page contains a black and white sign that says "One Way." The designer has used the letters to spell out the word "NO" at the top of the spread. It is a clever way to learn the alphabet, new words and, of course, road signs. An excellent purchase for schools, libraries and personal use. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—With a "Vroom! Vroom!," a yellow sedan travels a highway with a young child looking out from the the backseat. Along the journey, alphabetically organized road signs pan by. An uppercase white letter is paired with a corresponding road sign: "A"-"Airport," "B"-"Bike Route," and "C"- "Children at Play." Detour, library, no entry, one way, and stop are some of the more commonly known symbols while less common ones include helicopter, junction, and rail. The text is limited, giving full attention to the signage, which is set against a black roadway with white line markings. The front and back endpapers mirror the same highway design found within the book. There is only a slight overlap with Tana Hoban's I Read Signs (Greenwillow, 1983). Van Lieshout's work is for a younger audience and has a narrower focus than John Searcy's Signs in Our World (DK, 2006). Backseat A-B-See fits well into transportation lessons and could be used independently or with groups of children. This is a worthy concept picture book where more current materials on signs and symbols are needed.—Lynn Vanca, freelance librarian, Akron, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Just when you thought there couldn't possibly be another idea for an alphabet book--buckle up for this one! From the backseat of a car, a road trip becomes an "I Spy" game of road signs. "Vroom! Vroom! What do you see?" A = Airport; B = Bike Route; D = Detour; J = Junction; L = Library; Q = Quack (ducks crossing); U = US 101; V = Van Accessible; X = X-ING. The only stretch is the letter Z; the symbol is a person lying on a bed, indicating hotel/motel with a series of Zs for sleeping. The digital illustrations are the perfect medium to convey this clever concept. There is no text other than the words on the signs, which are real, using familiar block figures. The graphic page design is dramatic with the vivid sign colors (blue, red, green, yellow) contrasting sharply with the black background. The taxi-yellow car with a round child's head in the backseat is viewed only on the first and last pages, while the crosswise, wide white dashes denote car lanes and roads, unifying the design throughout and suggesting motion on a trip. The license plate on the car on the cover says, "ABC*FUN," and it is! (Alphabet book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452114002
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 months - 4 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Maria van Lieshout is the author-illustrator of several picture books whose "loosely drawn pen and ink illustrations...wring Oscar-winning expressions from the slenderest curves and squiggles" (Publishers Weekly). She was born and raised in Holland and now lives in San Francisco.
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