Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks from A to Z

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Illustrated in full color. This car-and- truck-filled alphabet extravaganza that starts with an ambulance and ends with a zippercar, is shaped like Lowly Worm's applemobile.  

With a variety of sweet stories and illustrations, Chunky Board Books gently teach basic concepts. The small books? baby friendly format (safe rounded corners and "wipe clean" pages) puts parents at ease.

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Overview

Illustrated in full color. This car-and- truck-filled alphabet extravaganza that starts with an ambulance and ends with a zippercar, is shaped like Lowly Worm's applemobile.  

With a variety of sweet stories and illustrations, Chunky Board Books gently teach basic concepts. The small books’ baby friendly format (safe rounded corners and "wipe clean" pages) puts parents at ease.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679806639
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Series: A Chunky Book(R) Series
  • Pages: 22
  • Sales rank: 35,847
  • Age range: 2 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.85 (w) x 3.87 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry is one of the world's best-loved children's authors EVER! Generations of children all over the world have grown up spending hours pouring over his books filled with all the colorful details of their daily lives. No other illustrator has shown such a lively interest in the words and concepts of early childhood. Whenever he was asked how old he was, Scarry would always put up one hand and laugh, saying, "five!"

In his extraordinary career, Richard Scarry illustrated over 150 books, many of which have never been out of print. His books have sold over 100 million copies around the world, and are currently published in over twenty languages. Richard Scarry's son, Huck, carries on his father's work today. Richard Scarry was posthumously awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Society of Illustrators in 2012.

Biography

"I'm not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten," Richard Scarry once said. "I am very happy when people write that they have worn out my books, or that they are held together by Scotch tape. I consider that the ultimate compliment." Considering the propensity of Scarry's preschool-age readership to ask for their favorite books again and again, it's a compliment he must have received often during his tenure as one of the most popular children's authors of all time.

Scarry began his career as a freelance illustrator, drawing pictures to accompany the text of books by children’s authors such as Margaret Wise Brown, Kathryn Jackson, and Patricia Murphy (who became Patricia Scarry when she married Richard in 1949). His first two efforts at writing his own books, The Great Big Car and Truck Book (1951) and Rabbit and His Friends (1953), already suggest some of his interests as an author: travel, technology, and talking animals.

But it was the 1963 publication of Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever that put Scarry on bestseller lists, and established his signature style. Its densely packed pages are populated by anthropomorphic animals at work and play, in drawings that reward multiple readings with details children (and parents) may not notice at first glance. The large-format book contains over 1400 illustrated and labeled objects, along with simple introductions to concepts like sharing and helping.

In Busy, Busy World (1965), Scarry's animals star in a series of international adventures in such far-flung locales as Paris, Rome, and Algeria. Well before multiculturalism was an educational buzzword, Scarry believed he could use animals to help children imaginatively enter others' experiences. In a Publishers Weekly interview, he explained that "children can identify more closely with pictures of animals than they can with pictures of another child. They see an illustration of a blond girl or a dark-haired boy, who they know is somebody other than themselves, and competition creeps in. With imagination -- and children all have marvelous imagination -- they can easily identify with an anteater who is a painter or a goat who is an Indian."

Though Scarry soon abandoned exotic settings in favor of the fictional Busytown, he continued to illustrate different roles in society with cherubic critters like Postman Pig, Huckle Cat, Sergeant Murphy, and Lowly Worm. Once he had developed a cast of characters, he introduced them into everything from picture dictionaries and activity books to mystery stories and manners lessons.

Scarry's books, which have sold over 100 million copies and been translated into 30 languages, always reflected his own curiosity about the world. "Wherever I go, I'm watching," he liked to say. "Even on vacation, when I'm in an airport or a railroad station, I look around, snap pictures, and find out how people do things." In relating his discoveries to children, he expanded not only their vocabularies, but their understanding of the "busy world" as a social community in which people work, play, cooperate and share.

Good To Know

From 1941 through 1946, Scarry served in the U.S. Army. The army, he joked, "thought I would make a good radio repairman. My exam mark was minus 13, so they decided to make me a corporal." Scarry wound up as an art director for the Morale Services Section, and eventually rose to the rank of captain.

Richard Scarry's son Huck Scarry is also a writer and illustrator of children's books, including some new additions to the Busytown series. His nickname matches that of the title character in one of his father's favorite books, Huckleberry Finn.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Richard McClure Scarry (full name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 5, 1919
    2. Place of Birth:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      April 30, 1994
    2. Place of Death:
      Gstaad, Switzerland

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great Book

    My 1-year-old son loves this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Very Cute book!

    i bought this for my 18 month old son and he loves it. We read it all the time. It's small enough for him to hold and turn the pages. It's one of our favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    Great book for the road

    This book is a small board book and fits great into your little one's bag to go. It covers the alphabet in terms of vehicles, some real and some not so real. (Crayon car or banana car.) You just can't go wrong with Richard Scarry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    A Favorite!

    My 16 month old son loves this book! We actually had to buy a second copy of this book because the first was so well-loved. The size of the book is just right for little hands.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

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    A must for every little one!!!

    I am a Richard Scarry fan. I have been since I was little and my mom read the books to me until I was old enough to read them myself and wear them out. I now get to read them to my son and he is a fan too. I am on my second one of these because we read this story everyday at least 2-3 times a day or more. Oh and my 17 month old also has a penchant for eating the books as well as reading them. I can't wait to get him the best rainy day book ever. I will also tell anyone that this book is great for girls as well as boys. It also would make a great addition to a shower gift.

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