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Rattletrap Car

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"A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz." — BOOKLIST

It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it there in their rattletrap car? It doesn’t go fast, and it doesn’t go far — but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat, they’re off to the lake where it’s cool, cool, cool! Phyllis Root’s wonderfully ...

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Overview

"A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz." — BOOKLIST

It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it there in their rattletrap car? It doesn’t go fast, and it doesn’t go far — but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat, they’re off to the lake where it’s cool, cool, cool! Phyllis Root’s wonderfully inventive wordplay and Jill Barton’s spirited, expressive illustrations make this a read-aloud road trip to remember.

Various disasters threaten to stop Poppa and the children from getting to the lake in their rattletrap car, but they manage to come up with an ingenious solution to each problem.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Will the family's rapidly deteriorating jalopy survive the ride to the lake? Junie, Jakie, the baby and Poppa are so set on a swim to cool off that they're determined their rattletrap car won't disappoint them. Each time the car breaks down which Root evokes with a rousing and ever-growing chorus of onomatopoeia a family member improvises a solution, making ingenious use of a beach toy and car snacks. When the floorboard falls off with a "Whumpety Whomp!," Jakie "put his surf board on the car and he stuck it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight." Not only does the family make it to the lake, but they make it back home again as well, with a refrain of "flippita fluppita/ fizzelly sizzelly/ wappity bappity/ lumpety bumpety/ clinkety clankety/ bing bang pop!" As in their What Baby Wants, Root and Barton prove that they know how to convey mounting comic mayhem. Root builds her narrative house of cards with plenty of rhythmic repetition and nonsense words, while Barton's sunny, high-spirited watercolors demonstrate that, with a sense of humor, it is possible to move the world or at least a broken-down Tin Lizzie. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly
Each time their car breaks down a family member improvises a solution, making ingenious use of a beach toy and car snacks. According to PW, this tale offers "plenty of rhythmic repetition and nonsense words," while the "high-spirited watercolors [convey] a sense of humor." Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
On a boiling hot day at home on the farm, there is only one sensible thing for a family to do—pack up some toys and a picnic and head for the cool lake. The journey in the old rattletrap car is anything but smooth, what with a flat tire—"boomsssssss," a collapsing floor¾"whumpety whomp!" and the gas tank and the engine falling off¾"spitter spitter sput!" and "thunketa thunk!" However, the tall-tale use of a beach ball, a surfboard, a thermos of "razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz" and a "three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat" save the car and save the day, enabling the father and his children to reach the lake and enjoy a cooling swim before heading back home. Jill Barton's bright, humorous illustrations provide a perfect counterpart to the rambunctious text, and include a variety of friendly animals who watch the old rattletrap car at each stage of its dramatic journey. 2001, Candlewick Press, $15.99. Ages 4 to 7. Reviewer: Barbara Maitland
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-On a hot summer day, Junie and Jakie suggested a trip to the lake. Poppa worries about whether or not their old car will make it ("It doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far"), but the family decides to give it a try. They haven't gone far when "boomsssssssss. The tire went flat." Junie knows what to do-she puts her beach ball in the place of the wheel, sticking it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. Then, "whumpety whomp!"-the floor falls off. This time, Jakie knows just what to do. A series of other near-disasters follows, each finding a silly remedy with an item that had been packed for the outing, and they make it to the lake. Cumulative stories are most successful when they have a little twist or surprise at the end, and there isn't one here, but the bouncy, creative language more than makes up for that lack. The internal rhymes, alliteration, and creative car sounds make a perfect read-aloud. The watercolor illustrations are full of action as the rattletrap car bounces off the road and seems to rush off the page. The words for the car sounds bounce, too, in their larger, uneven fonts. The illustrations contribute humorous detail capturing the family's alternating despair, inventiveness, and glee at moving again.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763620073
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 143,323
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD510L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.54 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root says this story is based on "all the rattletrap cars I’ve ever driven!"

Jill Barton says she often draws on her memories of her grandfather, a farmer, when illustrating stories set in the country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    recommended

    Fun read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Delightful story for reading aloud with young children

    This story is full of wonderful language. It has sounds and rhythm that capture a child's imagination. They are inspired to predict the next problem and how it will be solved as the family tries to escape the heat by going to the beach in their broken down car. My grandchildren had me read and reread it, joining in on the repeated sounds and phrases, even the one-year old. It is delightful. Phyllis Root is a talent. For the very young I also recommend her Flip, Flap, Fly. She really knows how to use beautiful language to engage children in a story.

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  • Posted February 2, 2009

    A New Classic

    This is a fantastic repetative rhyme story. I have 3 boys ages 2-6yrs who LOVE this book and request it every chance they get. Should have gotten it in hard cover as the front cover is already wearing out from use. A really enjoyable story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2008

    Rattletrap Car

    I first read this book to my oldest daughter when she was 2 or 3 years old and we borrowed it from the library. Now's she almost 6 and she still remembers it! I can't wait to read it to her again and share it with her younger sister and brother. This is a wonderful story that always kept her attention from start to finish and then she'd want to read it all over again! It's one of those stories that I don't mind reading 20 times in one day! Buy it and enjoy it!

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