Following in the same format as Patricia Hubbell's Trains and Trucks-about which PW wrote, "The convoy of vehicles, often with surprising drivers, travel the highway against a backdrop of offbeat collage compositions featuring maps, etchings and original drawings"-Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming!, illus. by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy, similarly celebrates the wheels of the open road. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Dianne Ochiltree
What kid doesn't like cars? In this full-color, hardcover picture book, adults and children will enjoy the collage artwork, funny puns, and wordplay throughout. Every kind of family car is here, from sedans to SUVs to station wagons and more! But it is not only vehicles that take people here and there that's featured—it's trucks and vans, taxis and buses, limos and jeeps, too. The imaginative artwork is the real winner here. First, it blends many different `clip art' advertising art styles from the fifties and sixties effectively, pasting these images onto bright backgrounds and rich textures. It is also filled with visual puns; for example, two Dalmatians doggedly drive a fire truck while a black-and-white Zebra drives the delivery van for the daily newspaper, which is of course a black-and-white creature itself. The text is not as distinctive, but moves along at a good clip. It is written in quick rhyme, and sometimes its rhythm falters, but nevertheless, it is an overall good read-aloud that is sure to be enjoyed again and again.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Hubbell's third ode to things that go is sure to be a hit. The rollicking text features witty rhymes that present a wide variety of wheeled vehicles, including limousines, taxis, police cars, and race cars. "Start the motor! Turn the key!/Compact car or SUV." Detailed collages are rendered in clip art, etchings, and original drawings. The vibrant and intricate illustrations feature a large family of rabbits in a station wagon and Dalmatians driving fire trucks. As taxis swerve and dodge across pages, the text rolls and bumps as well. Some spreads require turning the book sideways. While this title has a longer story, it is similar to Thacher Hurd's Zoom City (HarperFestival, 1998). Perfect for one-on-one sharing and storytimes.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The pit crew of Hubbell, Halsey and Addy continue their successful series of preschool books about vehicles with this high-octane look at cars. Like its two predecessors, Trains (2005) and Trucks (2003), the inventive collages of Cars-retrofitted with a 50s ambiance-fuel the clipped, energetic verses. "Fasten seatbelts. Off we go! Fast! Fast! Slow . . . Slow." An amazing amount of information about the American love affair with the automobile is presented, ranging from grease monkeys and gas stations to the wide variety of transports and their internal parts. While it will take an eagle eye to discern some of the details, such personalities as pink flamingoes in a pink coupe, canine cops behind the wheels of bone-and-badge insignia sedans and mice cruising with their favorite cheese have curb appeal. The diverse typography and page-design help propel this winner past the finish line. (Picture book. 2-5)