This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned

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A father's work is never....

In the style of a classic cumulative rhyme, the children undo all of Dad's hard work cleaning the family car.

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Overview

A father's work is never....

In the style of a classic cumulative rhyme, the children undo all of Dad's hard work cleaning the family car.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In sing-song cumulative rhyme, Ernst tells the tale of the family van. Dad had it cleaned—all shiny and bright. Then he loaded up with three kids and along the way stopped at a fast food drive-in. If you have ever had kids and fast food together in any vehicle you know that spills are bound to occur. In this case, there is food, ketchup and horsing around which brings even greater mess. What does seem a tad unrealistic is Dad's complete oblivion to what is going on inside the van until they arrive at their destination. The ending takes a nice twist as the kids spend the next day cleaning the family van to once again make it all shiny and bright. Kids will enjoy the humor and the repetition. 2005, Simon & Schuster, Ages 3 to 7.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this cheerful takeoff on "The House That Jack Built," Dad cleans the van and then takes his three children to pick up some fast food. By the time they get home, of course, the van is completely covered in fries, ketchup, and last year's Halloween candy. Have no fear, though; the kids clean it all up the next morning. Done in pastel, ink, and pencil, the cartoon artwork is broadly humorous, with the action growing ever more frantic until the wordless punch line when Dad finally turns around and notices the mess. The layout is ingenious, with the illustrations framed as if they were mounted in a family photo album. There are one or two awkward rhymes, but for the most part the text rolls merrily off the tongue. In fact, it begs to be read aloud. This book will resonate with many families. Pair it with Jules Feiffer's The Daddy Mountain (Hyperion, 2004) for a fabulous Father's Day storytime.-Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689861901
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Campbell Ernst has written and illustrated many popular children's books, including The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book; Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show; Goldilocks Returns, her own version of "Little Red Riding Hood"; and Stella Louella's Runaway Book. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Lee, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Allison.

Lisa Campbell Ernst has written and illustrated many popular children's books, including The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book; Hannah Mae O'Hannigan's Wild West Show; Goldilocks Returns, her own version of "Little Red Riding Hood"; and Stella Louella's Runaway Book. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Lee, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Allison.

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