Road Trip

Road Trip

by Roger Eschbacher, Thor Wickstrom
     
 
It�s time to visit Grandma for a family reunion. So get up early and grab maps and car games, because Grandma�s house is clear across the country. Along the way are plenty of adventures, from crazy roadside attractions, to eating at a favorite truck stop, to sleeping overnight at a motel.

And don�t forget to buy some silly postcards to send to friends at home. With

Overview

It�s time to visit Grandma for a family reunion. So get up early and grab maps and car games, because Grandma�s house is clear across the country. Along the way are plenty of adventures, from crazy roadside attractions, to eating at a favorite truck stop, to sleeping overnight at a motel.

And don�t forget to buy some silly postcards to send to friends at home. With bouncy vignettes and merry illustrations, Road Trip captures all the usual�and unusual�details that make car trips so much fun.

Author Biography: Roger Eschbacher lives in California.

Thor Wickstrom lives in Massachusetts.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Four children and their parents pack up their minivan and take out on a cross country trip. They fill up the tank with gas, struggle with maps, and experience the usual sibling squabbles. Mom leads the singing of "The Hokey Pokey" and "The Ants Go Marching." They play "I Spy" and look for the letters of the alphabet on license plates. Lunch at Diesel Danny's Sandwich Shed leaves them bloated. Dad ignores their pleas to stop and their threats to pop. He keeps on driving. The overnight stay in a motel is perfect with a swimming pool and a snack machine. They stop at Bunyan's Hive to take a tour, buy souvenirs and honey crunch candy, and send post cards to their friends. Finally they arrive at their grandparent's home and join a family reunion in progress. Lots of food and relatives. The trip home seems twice as long, but their friends are waiting to hear about their adventures which improve with each telling. Colorful, cartoonlike illustrations bounce across the pages. Unfortunately, Eschbacher chose to write the text in verse. Although some rhymes work well, others are strained and unnatural, detracting from the book's usefulness as a read aloud.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A family piles into the car in the early morning for a two-day drive to Grandma's house. The parents and children engage in the usual road-trip activities-playing games, eating at a truck stop, singing, getting on each other's nerves, being bored, taking in the tourist sites, and staying in a motel-until they finally arrive for a festive reunion. Each activity is told in somewhat painful verse (often stretched to fit the situation) and illustrated with bouncy cartoon watercolor-and-ink art. The overlong and often forced text may not keep children's attention and may seem just as boring as a youngster's perception of a never-ending journey. Virginia Walters's Are We There Yet, Daddy? (Viking, 1999) and Dandi Daley Mackall's Are We There Yet? (Dutton, 2003) cover the same ground more enjoyably.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For all young readers who have or are about to hit the road, Comedy Central-writer Eschbacher chronicles a family's two-day trip to Grandma's and back in short, bouncy verses. Wickstrom's lighthearted cartoon scenes open with Mom, Dad and four siblings piling into a minivan, close with a sleepy slideshow of fond memories and, in between, capture a string of typical moments, from fumbling with "Maps"-"North, south, east, west, / No matter how you hold it, / A map can put you to the test / When you try to fold it."-to games of "I Spy," from contemplating a bug-splattered windshield ("Grasshoppers have greenish guts, / Beetles are more brownish. . . . ") to stops at a motel, a roadside attraction and, at last, Grandma's, where a festive family picnic awaits. Like Natasha Wing's Night Before Summer Vacation (2002), illus by Julie Durrell, or Anne Rockwell's primer, On Our Vacation (1989), this makes ideal reading before, during or after a long drive. (Picture book/poetry. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803729278
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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