Clink Clank Clunk!

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Travel down the road with ten animal friends on one unforgettable road trip. Rabbit is driving to town in his car. Along the way, he picks up Mole, Squirrel, Porcupine, Possum, Beaver, Crow, Skunk, Fox, and Cow. But—boing-boing-ping, squeak-squeak-squeak, rumble-rumble-thump—something goes wrong with Rabbit's car. Will Rabbit and his friends make it to town? Miriam Aroner's delightful story features a simple, rhythmic text, with plenty of sound and action words to make this book...

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Overview

Travel down the road with ten animal friends on one unforgettable road trip. Rabbit is driving to town in his car. Along the way, he picks up Mole, Squirrel, Porcupine, Possum, Beaver, Crow, Skunk, Fox, and Cow. But—boing-boing-ping, squeak-squeak-squeak, rumble-rumble-thump—something goes wrong with Rabbit's car. Will Rabbit and his friends make it to town? Miriam Aroner's delightful story features a simple, rhythmic text, with plenty of sound and action words to make this book a perfect one for reading aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Rabbit is driving his car to town, picking up ten assorted animal passengers on the way. Each has a reason to tag along, as the flivver gets ever fuller. And on each double page there is a new noise from the "hunk-o-junk." The text plays with internal rhymes, with Rabbit's comments on the side and a repeated refrain. When the car runs out of gas, the passengers all get out and push it all the way to town. While his friends enjoy themselves, Rabbit buys a beautiful new car, so they can all "VROOM VROOM VROOM!" all the way back home. Catalano's pastels create a visual rhythm: each animal and piece of text is boxed on the left side of the double-page spread, while Rabbit's reactions to the accumulating auto troubles are circled on the right. In the middle are the scenes of the car gradually filling with the anthropomorphic zoo, accompanied by very large-type sound effects. Each character has individuality amid the crowd. It is a comic romp as the scenery changes from rural to city and the passengers adjust themselves to their increasingly intimate ride. 2006, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-In a story reminiscent of John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car (HarperCollins, 1976), Rabbit, driving his purple convertible to town, picks up Mole, Squirrel, Porcupine, Possum, Beaver, Crow, Skunk, Fox, and Cow. As each animal climbs into the "old junker," something else goes amiss with it. Just before they reach their destination, the "hunk-o-junk" comes to a screeching halt. All hop out and push it uphill until it is able to roll down the other side to town. There Rabbit "junk[s] that clunker," buys a new red auto, and drives his friends home in style. Simple, rhythmic text with plenty of action words and lively pastel illustrations make this a good choice for sharing aloud with preschoolers.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A catastrophic clunker of a car stars in this jovial, cumulative tale. It's a lovely day; Rabbit decides to take a spin into town. Along the way, an increasing company of friends joins him: squirrel, mole, porcupine, skunk. With each new passenger, Rabbit's junker offers a protest: It sizzles; it belches smoke; it sheds parts; finally, it gives up the ghost. Sweat not, Rabbit-what are friends for but to give a push? Catalano's pastels are alive, warmly unctuous and can set a scene: a double-page spread with a text-box on one side and a spot of Rabbit describing the latest calamity on the other. He's a poet, of sorts, too. Some rhymes are obvious and will be fun for the quite young, but there are also some off-beat syncopations-sometimes working internally, sometimes slipping a line or two before nailing the corresponding sounds-that will bring pleasure to more sophisticated readers. Best are the various boings, fizzles, squeaks and thunks that emanate from the "hunk-o-junk." A terrific traveling companion for John Burningham's Mr. Gumpy's Outing (1971). (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590782705
  • Publisher: Highlights Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Miriam Aroner is the author of The Kingdom of the Singing Birds, a National Jewish Book Award Honor Book. She lives in El Cerrito, California.

Dominic Catalano is the author and illustrator of a number of picture books, including the Bernard series of books by Joan Elizabeth Goodman. He teaches illustration and lives in Bexley, Ohio.

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