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Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom: A Number Identification Book
     

Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom: A Number Identification Book

by Anne Miranda
 

A charming story and identifiable characters, who also happen to be numbers, take the young reader along for a whiz-bang fun-filled ride. In this lively number-identification book, 20 canine drivers wait at the starting line, all eager to win the auto race. One by one, the cars spin out, come apart, or fall behind, until one finally crosses the finish line. Rhyming

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A charming story and identifiable characters, who also happen to be numbers, take the young reader along for a whiz-bang fun-filled ride. In this lively number-identification book, 20 canine drivers wait at the starting line, all eager to win the auto race. One by one, the cars spin out, come apart, or fall behind, until one finally crosses the finish line. Rhyming verse and brilliantly colored cartoon images track the action while the spectator-readers get the chance to learn their numbers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K--Vibrant computer-generated illustrations speed through this unfocused race-day tale. It begins seemingly as a counting book, lining up race cars with number 1 at the starting gate and so on through 20. The autos have tons of personality, with eyeball headlights and grill-mouths, as do the anthropomorphic animal drivers and fans. The numbers are easily identified on the cars but a somewhat skewed perspective can cause the order to be misinterpreted. Once the starting gate is open, havoc reigns in the text as well as in the sequencing. "16's blown his left rear tire. 7's engine has caught on fire!" The rhyme is often forced. The real trouble with this story, however, is that it masquerades as a counting book but it does not present clear sequencing. That said, this title is going to appeal to a lot of children because of its clever illustrations and they're likely to be too wrapped up in the action and flashy scenes to care about the numbers. This book will circulate, but make sure you've got some strong backups in the counting collection to counter the confusion it might create.--Christy Norris Blanchette, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Wide-eyed and grinning, 20 cars line up for a race—-and they're off, burning rubber, swerving into walls and each other, shedding parts, crawling off the track with tongues hanging out. "Which car's first across the line?/Hurrah! It's driver number 9!" In illustrations created first on a computer, Murphy puts a wonderful range of expressions and vivid jellybean colors on his autos, but leaves crews, spectators, and vehicles floating just above the ground, and despite tidy sets of tire tracks and boldface "sound effects," the cars have little sense of motion. While the book has some value for preschoolers as practice in number recognition, the static illustrations put it outside a winner's circle that would include Thacher Hurd's Zoom City (p. 197), Tres Seymour's Smash-Up Crash-Up Derby (1995), or Donald Crews's Bicycle Race (1985). (Picture book. 4-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781890515072
Publisher:
Turtle Books
Publication date:
01/28/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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