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Itís time for bed, but Carmela isnít sleepy, so she and Daddy go for a ride. ìThe rhythmic, repetitive text and the vibrant pictures against colorful pages make this story a perfect read-aloud.î (School Library Journal, starred)

Daddy takes Carmela on an imaginary car ride, lulling her to sleep with various sounds, from the wurgle lurgle of swamps to the hoopty doopty swoopty loopty of driving in circles.

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Overview

Itís time for bed, but Carmela isnít sleepy, so she and Daddy go for a ride. ìThe rhythmic, repetitive text and the vibrant pictures against colorful pages make this story a perfect read-aloud.î (School Library Journal, starred)

Daddy takes Carmela on an imaginary car ride, lulling her to sleep with various sounds, from the wurgle lurgle of swamps to the hoopty doopty swoopty loopty of driving in circles.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carmela--who has a "car" in her name--likes to be lulled by a revving motor. Wearing fuzzy slippers and carrying a sleepy-eyed owl doll, she skips out to a Beetle-round automobile. Her dad, in aviator goggles and gloves, brings the keys. " `It's late,' Dad says as they drive out of town. `Ready for sleep?' `Not yet, Daddy. Keep driving.' " The two ride across mountains and past waterfalls, with sound effects to match the impressive scenery: "through woods/ whoo whoo/ in cities/ pell mell bell yell/ all the way to the sea/ splash dash wave crash." Carmela keeps her eyes open as long as she can, always telling her father, "Keep driving." Coy (Night Driving) uses onomatopoeia on every page: the "wurgle lurgle" of a swamp may be more effective than the airy "swoosh awoosh" of the car rushing forward, but much of the fun is figuring out how to make the various sounds. Cepeda (Nappy Hair) composes abstract American landscapes in vast, flat planes of warm color, underpainted in bright complementary hues of fuchsia and lavender. Broad swoops of orange sunset make a mellow backdrop, and the daffodil-yellow car bounces merrily along on its offroad adventures, with Carmela gazing out the back window and her smiling dad facing front. This bedtime story takes its participants far afield without even leaving the driveway. Ages 6-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Written specifically for the going- to-bed time of day, Carmela and her Dad decide to go for a ride. Zoom, zoom,off they go in the car. It's late and Dad wants to make sure Carmela isn't ready to go to bed. Oh no, just keep driving. They travel from the farm, through the woods, through town and to the beach. Each stop is accented with a catchy, onomatopoeic phrase that mimics the locale. Every time Dad asks, Carmela responds, "not yet, keep driving," even as she falls asleep. It's nice to see characters of color in the bright and stylistic painted illustrations. 2000, Crown,
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this delightful story, Coy treats readers to a variety of descriptive rhyming lines as a father and daughter go for a ride in their big yellow car on a hot August night. They drive through woods-"whoo whoo." They go all the way to the sea-"splash dash wave crash." Still, the child isn't sleepy, so they travel through the swamp-"wurgle lurgle." The large, brightly colored pictures are so vivid that they almost glow, emphasizing the upbeat mood and enjoyable time Carmela and her dad are sharing. Funny details abound in the art, adding moments of humor not addressed in the narrative. The rhythmic, repetitive text and the vibrant pictures against colorful pages make this story a perfect read-aloud. Children will love this African-American duo as they make their journey to nowhere.-Sheilah Kosco, Rapides Parish Library, Alexandria, LA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935666172
  • Publisher: Nodin Press
  • Publication date: 11/15/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 790,613
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John Coy is the author of two other picture books: Night Driving (Holt) and Strong to the Hoop (Lee & Low).

Joe Cepeda has illustrated Nappy Hair and Big Bushy Mustache for Knopf.

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