Cool Cars (Amazing Machines Series)

Overview

From luxury limousines to speedy sports cars, Amazing Machines: Cool Cars features a wide variety of automobiles— all driven by kooky animal characters. Lively rhyming text by the award-winning poet Tony Mitton perfectly complements Ant Parker's bold, bright illustrations. A picture dictionary identifying car parts builds vocabulary and makes learning about cars even more fun.

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Overview

From luxury limousines to speedy sports cars, Amazing Machines: Cool Cars features a wide variety of automobiles— all driven by kooky animal characters. Lively rhyming text by the award-winning poet Tony Mitton perfectly complements Ant Parker's bold, bright illustrations. A picture dictionary identifying car parts builds vocabulary and makes learning about cars even more fun.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Not only is this picture book chock-full of lively, rhyming text and vibrant, action-packed art, but it is also rich in facts that will educate as well as entertain young readers. Mitton's easy-to-read narrative is made even more appealing by Parker's cartoon animal drivers. This altogether amusing, animated approach to the wonders of all automobiles is an appealing offering. It is sure to be a hit with the preschoolers, makes for an excellent storytime selection, and fits nicely into transportation units.-Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Enhancing the Amazing Machines series aimed at preschoolers, Mitton deals with the vehicles that kids and adults use every day. He offers, however, the unique perspective of the role cars play in our lives: "Cars are really handy / for getting us around." But there's so much more. In lilting rhymes, this informal guide glances at the way drivers use signs and signals to navigate streets. It also looks at how a car is driven from the pedals on up, how to keep a car running with gas and care and even how to keep it spiffy with a wash. Mitton touches on different types of cars from off-road vehicles to racing cars. There's frustration, too, with driving: "Sometimes there's a traffic jam. / The vehicles all get stuck." The illustrations, painted in zesty watercolors, have a cartoon appeal featuring round-eyed animals, such as gophers, mice and cats. Topping it all off with a simple diagram of car parts, this is an enjoyable learning tool that will surely ignite curiosity. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753458020
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Amazing Machines Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 594,242
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Mitton is a widely anthologized children's poet, as well as a teacher and performing poet. His Royal Raps won the 1997 Nottinghamshire Libraries/Dillons Children's Book Award. His recent collection of poetry, Plum, won the Publishers Weekly 2003 Cuffies Award for Best Book of Poetry. Tony teamed with illustrator Ant Parker on several books, including Dazzling Diggers, Roaring Rockets, and Terrific Trains.

Ant Parker studied drawing and printing at the Bath Academy of Art in England and has taught papermaking, printing and bookbinding workshops for children. Toddlers and parents around the globe have discovered the irresistible appeal of his wacky cartoon characters in Flashing Fire Engines, Terrific Trains, Dazzling Diggers, and Roaring Rockets. Other titles include Charlie the Chicken and Desmond the Dog.

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