The Village Garage

The Village Garage

4.0 1
by G. Brian Karas
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Through the year and no matter the weather, workers at the Village Garage are always busy. With the help of their trusty trucks, they clean the streets of sticks and leaves in the spring; patch potholes in preparation for summer traffic; pick up the leaves in the fall; and spray the roads with sand and salt during winter. Young truck enthusiasts will love watching

See more details below

  • Checkmark Kids' Club Eligible  Shop Now

Overview

Through the year and no matter the weather, workers at the Village Garage are always busy. With the help of their trusty trucks, they clean the streets of sticks and leaves in the spring; patch potholes in preparation for summer traffic; pick up the leaves in the fall; and spray the roads with sand and salt during winter. Young truck enthusiasts will love watching the garage workers operate their terrific trucks and keep the roads in top shape through every season!The Village Garage is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Children will enjoy watching this amiable crew balancing work and play as the year cycles through the seasons….The appealing pencil, gouache, and acrylic illustrations offer wonderfully childlike depictions of the workers and their machines. Great for kids fascinated by outdoor workers, this picture book offers a welcome change of pace from more basic volumes on trucks." Booklist

"Sunny, energetic artwork makes life and work in this village feel joyous and rewarding. Inspired readers might head straight outside to their own yards, ready to weed the garden or rake leaves."       —Krikus Reviews

Krikus Reviews

"Sunny, energetic artwork makes life and work in this village feel joyous and rewarding. Inspired readers might head straight outside to their own yards, ready to weed the garden or rake leaves."
Booklist

"Children will enjoy watching this amiable crew balancing work and play as the year cycles through the seasons….The appealing pencil, gouache, and acrylic illustrations offer wonderfully childlike depictions of the workers and their machines. Great for kids fascinated by outdoor workers, this picture book offers a welcome change of pace from more basic volumes on trucks."
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Karas takes us through the seasons at a local village garage. Spring is the time to clean up the winter debris, put mulch out for sale, have some fun washing the trucks, and to prepare the roads for summer traffic. A summer storm requires repairs of bridges and phone lines. After the Fourth of July celebration, there are many summer chores. The north wind of autumn brings down cascades of leaves to be picked up and cleaned up. With winter, the crew prepares for the snowstorms that will require clearing the roads while allowing for sledding and snowball fights. Then they all await the springtime to come again. Double page scenes visualize the action in acrylics and gouache with penciled line, delivering the details of each season with a clarity that is crafted with smiles. Smiles rather than frowns also dominate the workers. There is a child-like simplicity to the drawing, but each task is clearly delineated. A young boy and his dog are spectators throughout. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—This simple yet effective book looks at a village garage through the seasons and its workers' many jobs. In spring, it's clean-up time, as the men and women gather sticks from winter storms, sand from snowplows, and leftover leaves. When summer comes, it's time to patch the potholes and rebuild a bridge washed out by a storm. The workers relax on the Fourth of July, providing hot dogs, fireworks, and free rides on the front-end loader for the townspeople. Fall means leaf collection with the Elephant Truck. Winter brings out the snowplows, and things come full circle as spring returns. Karas's gouache and acrylic illustrations depict a friendly village with winding streets, fruit stands, and quaint shops. This book would be a good choice for discussing how seasons affect occupations, or as part of career and community-helper units.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
The crew at The Village Garage works all spring, summer, autumn and winter, having fun while they patch potholes, clear leaves, plow snow, fix cars and keep their friendly town in good working order. Outdoorsy readers keen on machinery, construction, toting and hauling will grunt with pleasure at the Garage guys' practical skills and unflagging energy. Gouache, acrylic and pencil illustrations conjure a cheery, busy village, whose community spirit is captured by the important work at The Village Garage. The crew's smiling faces appear on every page, even those depicting many phases of hard labor. Abbreviated sentences, with powerful verbs (people holler, storms blow in) effectively capture the honed, pragmatic thinking that makes real-life problem-solving so satisfying. Characters, almost all men, break a sweat fixing the town's perennial problems but laugh through the seasons too. A Fourth-of-July party and winter karaoke give the crew (and readers) a break for much-deserved playtime. Sunny, energetic artwork makes life and work in this village feel joyous and rewarding. Inspired readers might head straight outside to their own yards, ready to weed the garden or rake leaves. (Picture book. 3-8)

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805087161
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
AD420L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >