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Children's LiteratureRabbit 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