Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

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The station wagon, the tow truck, the garbage truck and the bulldozer. Every manner of machinery that moves is riotously depicted in this classic favorite. As the pig family head to the beach for a picnic, they encounter every vehicle known, from the forklift to the locomotive, and many vehicles that are not as common, from the pumpkin car to the broom-o-cycle. Each detailed spread provides tremendous opportunity to make up stories and describe situations. Will Officer Flossy catch Dingo? Will Rollo Rabbit ...

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Overview

The station wagon, the tow truck, the garbage truck and the bulldozer. Every manner of machinery that moves is riotously depicted in this classic favorite. As the pig family head to the beach for a picnic, they encounter every vehicle known, from the forklift to the locomotive, and many vehicles that are not as common, from the pumpkin car to the broom-o-cycle. Each detailed spread provides tremendous opportunity to make up stories and describe situations. Will Officer Flossy catch Dingo? Will Rollo Rabbit catch his runaway steamroller? And with literally hundreds of things to look at, youngsters will spend hours trying to find Goldbug on every page.

On their way to the beach for a picnic the Pig family encounters almost every kind of transportation vehicle imaginable--and imaginary.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307157850
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Little Golden Book Series
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 19,936
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 12.16 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours pouring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"

In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry's son, Huck, carries on his father's work today. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

Biography

"I'm not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten," Richard Scarry once said. "I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." Considering the propensity of Scarry's preschool-age readership to ask for their favorite books again and again, it's a compliment he must have received often during his tenure as one of the most popular children's authors of all time.

Scarry began his career as a freelance illustrator, drawing pictures to accompany the text of books by children’s authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn Jackson, and Patricia Murphy (who became Patricia Scarry when she married Richard in 1949). His first two efforts at writing his own books, The Great Big Car and Truck Book (1951) and Rabbit and His Friends (1953), already suggest some of his interests as an author: travel, technology, and talking animals.

But it was the 1963 publication of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever that put Scarry on bestseller lists, and established his signature style. Its densely packed pages are populated by anthropomorphic animals at work and play, in drawings that reward multiple readings with details children (and parents) may not notice at first glance. The large-format book contains over 1400 illustrated and labeled objects, along with simple introductions to concepts like sharing and helping.

In Busy, Busy World (1965), Scarry's animals star in a series of international adventures in such far-flung locales as Paris, Rome, and Algeria. Well before multiculturalism was an educational buzzword, Scarry believed he could use animals to help children imaginatively enter others' experiences. In a Publishers Weekly interview, he explained that "children can identify more closely with pictures of animals than they can with pictures of another child. They see an illustration of a blond girl or a dark-haired boy, who they know is somebody other than themselves, and competition creeps in. With imagination -- and children all have marvelous imagination -- they can easily identify with an anteater who is a painter or a goat who is an Indian."

Though Scarry soon abandoned exotic settings in favor of the fictional Busytown, he continued to illustrate different roles in society with cherubic critters like Postman Pig, Huckle Cat, Sergeant Murphy, and Lowly Worm. Once he had developed a cast of characters, he introduced them into everything from picture dictionaries and activity books to mystery stories and manners lessons.

Scarry's books, which have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 30 languages, always reflected his own curiosity about the world. "Wherever I go, I'm watching," he liked to say. "Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things." In relating his discoveries to children, he expanded not only their vocabularies, but their understanding of the "busy world" as a social community in which people work, play, cooperate and share.

Good To Know

From 1941 through 1946, Scarry served in the U.S. Army. The army, he joked, "thought I would make a good radio repairman. My exam mark was minus 13, so they decided to make me a corporal." Scarry wound up as an art director for the Morale Services Section, and eventually rose to the rank of captain.

Richard Scarry's son Huck Scarry is also a writer and illustrator of children's books, including some new additions to the Busytown series. His nickname matches that of the title character in one of his father's favorite books, Huckleberry Finn.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard McClure Scarry (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1919
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      April 30, 1994
    2. Place of Death:
      Gstaad, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    blast from the past

    i grew up with this book in my family. my sisters and i would race to find goldbug - great fun. there are so many kinds of illustrations and silly scenarios that you can get lost in the pages. i bought a copy for myself and one for my boss who just had a baby. it's a great classic - not a typical storybook, but more like a mix of a story and activity book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2010

    Takes me back to my own childhood!

    This wonderful story by Richard Scarry stands the test of time. I remember reading my brother's copy of it as kids 25+ years ago and am enjoying it just as much now with my four year old (daughter!)! We love finding Goldbug on each page and you can't even count the number of actual and adorable made up "things that go" in the story. This is more than a mere picture book. It also has entertaining stories woven into it--like Officer Flossy being in pursuit of that rascal Dingo Dog (and the kids seem to enjoy the suspense and wondering if Flossy will really catch him) and the story of the Pig Family and their various adventures and stops along their way. My daughter has favorite things about each page and if you look closely you will even find a dose of humor for parents reading with their children. The illustrations are classic Richard Scarry and so colorful they make kids beg for just one more page before the lights go out!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    My Son's Favorite Book

    This is my three-year-old son's favorite book from the time that he was one! This is his third copy of the book. It's not that the binding is that bad; toddlers are really hard on their favorite books! Richard Scarry's books are the best; I've even learned names of construction vehicles from this book. :)

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  • Posted August 8, 2012

    This was one of mine and my brothers favorite books growing up a

    This was one of mine and my brothers favorite books growing up and is now my son and daughters. We would race to see who could find Gold Bug on each page before the other and now my kids do the same.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Great book for boys

    This was my son's favorite book in preschool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2011

    A must for every little boy's book collection

    This is far and away my 17 month old son's favorite book. My husband loved this book as a child, purchased it for our son, and now he loves it as well. The vast amount of cars and trucks to look at excites my child every day.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Richard Scary Is the BEST!

    My nephews loved this book when they were young children - they loved all of Richard Scary books. I remembered it and purchased this book for my own grandson. As a two-year-old, we would have to hide the book so he wouldn't beg for it to be read and read over and over again! Every little boy should be read Richard Scary's books.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

    My sons will always remember and love this book!

    When we first read this book from the library, I was curious as to whether my oldest son (then 2 yrs old) would like it. It seemed very busy to me, a little hard to follow and kind of old fashioned, but he loves cars and trucks so I gave it a shot. It now is among his top 10 books - even at 6 yrs old. His younger brother (3 yrs old) is now a fan. This book gets read over and over in our house. Richard Scarry's humor is timeless and after reading his books, my boys have developed quite an imagination. My oldest has come up with the most creative ideas for vehicles he's going to invent when he gets older. This book will stay in the family for generations I'm sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Still fun after all these years!

    This is a book that my children love and now my grandchildren are enchanted with it as well! Hours of fun looking for Gold Bug and Lowly Worm! Both my 4 year old grandson and my 6 year old grandson love looking at this either together or by themselves! They look at all the pictures and they make up stories about what some of the characters are doing. The big one likes to read it to the little one, which is sooooo cute! I can remember my own children spending hours with this book when they were little - timeless!

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    He loves it

    My 2 year old LOVES searching for Goldbug on each page. We've gone through it so many times he has it memorizes and proudly points him out as soon as I turn the page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

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    Fun book

    Anything with cars my sons likes. This book is full of color and he enjoys looking at all the pictures.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

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    A staple of every child's bookshelf!

    This book was one of my favorites growing up. I clearly remember pulling this book off the shelf and looking at it over and over again. The illustrations are fabulous and fun to look at. It is a perfect learning tool and just a fun book to have around for a child to entertain themselves with! Every object in the busy illustrations is labeled so that you can help your child begin to identify everyday (and not so everyday) objects in a fun way.

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  • Posted January 25, 2010

    Great Gift

    My son was given this book as a child and he loved it, it went everywhere with us. Now as a grandmother I have bought the book for his son. He said it was fun remember the book and sharing it with his son.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2010

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    A big reading hit for our son!

    We received our first well-worn copy from a friend. It quickly became a favorite for our son. One thing that makes it good book for Logan (age 4) is the adventure of Officer Flossie chasing Dingo the Dog. Logan loves this book so much that he asked for another copy from Santa when his broke(the binding) from too much reading. He studies the pages of cars and trucks with great interest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great for boys and girls

    Works well with my 2 1/2 year old boy as well as my 3 1/2 year old girl. Both love the pictures and silliness of the page layouts.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

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    A family favorite

    I recently bought this book for my grandson's first birthday. It was a favorite of his mother and she requested it for him. We read and reread this many times over the years with Katy. And she LOVED searching for Goldbug on every page,with us and by herself.

    Richard Scarry is a terrific author who should be in every home library. His books are all wonderful. And the detail in the illustrations is fascinating even to small children.

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  • Posted November 2, 2009

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    Richard Scarry Rules!

    I have loved Richard Scarry and his books since I was a kid! I am so excited that my son now enjoys them too! This book and "What Do People Do All Day?" top my all time favorites book list. What's great about this book is Scarry's creative use of non-traditional modes of transportation (pickle car anyone?), the incorporation of many types of traditional vehicles (construction, planes, boats etc.) and the use of bright colors. There's a lot happening on each page that might seem over stimulating, but really, it makes you want to look for all the different silly things Scarry has drawn. Also, keep your eye out for Goldbug! He's hiding in one of the vehicles on each page layout (one layout takes up two facing pages) once the pig family gets on the road. Great for looking at together or for the kids on their own. This book is a must have for everyone's library, boys and girls!

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    3 year old boys loved it!

    This author tells timeless stories that the new generation will love as much as those of decades ago!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

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    One of my son's favorites

    My son is 2 1/2 and loves the Richard Scarry books. This one is a favorite because he likes to find the character, Goldbug, who's hiding somewhere on each two page spread. He also likes to name all the different types of cars. Another favorite of his the Richard Scarry book posted below. He likes to read these over and over again.

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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    My three year olds favorite book

    We purchased this book while on a trip thinking it would be great for the plane; lots of pictures and construction items and funny characters in the book. We bought the book when he was 1 1/2, and he is now 3 1/2 and absolutely loves this book!
    I remember Richard Scarry when I was a child, and I love the fact I can share that magic with my son. We lost a copy and had to go out late one night to replace it- that's how much he reads this book. And sometimes if Mommy or Daddy are too tired to read, finding Goldbug is a great way to have story time instead!

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