Click clack, open up the door, girls;
Click clack, open up the door, boys;
Front door, back door, clickety clack,
Take you riding in my car.
Inspired by his love of Woody Guthrie's Riding In My Car, award winning illustrator Scott Menchin invites readers on an exciting cross-country road trip with a family of dogs!
This interactive novelty format features pull-tabs, pop-ups, and lift-the-flaps on every page, and makes kids feel like they're really coming along for the ride, visiting some of America's most notable landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and more! Hidden beneath each flap are fun American facts for the child readers and interesting biographical details about Woody Guthrie for adults.
The entire song will be hosted on www.ridinginmycarbook.com so readers can read and sing along!
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||8.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||5 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote more than a thousand folk songs, ballads, and children's songs. His homespun humor and earthy, activist songwriting set the stage for the folk music explosion of the 1960s and influenced many popular recording artists, including Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. His musical legacy endures as countless musicians, activists, teachers, and families continue to discover and sing his songs.
Scott Menchin is the illustrator of numerous picture books, including Wiggle and Bounce by Doreen Cronin, and most recently, his own Taking a Bath with the Dog and Other Things That Make Me Happy. He has also created illustrations for Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and many other clients. Scott Menchin currently teaches at the Pratt Institute Graduate School and lives in New York City with his wife, Yvetta, and their daughter, Karina.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite Woody Guthrie’s "Riding In My Car" is a pop-up book. The illustrations were done by talented Scott Menchin. The outside cover begs to be opened with a roadster-looking car filled with “beatniks”. There are four passengers, one with a goatee. The car is 3 dimensional. I love to travel and wanted to open the doors and join in the fun of seeing the country. The Statue of Liberty is waving her torch as the Presidents of Mt. Rushmore look regal, and the White House appears stately in the background. As I opened the cover I found the words of the song “Take me riding in the car”. There is a guitar ready to open with a bit of information about song writer Woody Guthrie. I did not realize he was the author of “This Land Is Your Land.” Being a bit of a beatnik/hippie I found myself humming as I continued to peruse this book. The characters look a little like beatnik dogs. In the back seat one is playing a guitar while the other is playing a harmonica. Pulling the tab makes the occupants sway to the music. Continuing through the book the reader will find the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and various other highlights of Washington DC. There is a door to open proving more information about the White House and one reveals a sightseer with a camera. Each turn of the page reveals a different aspect of the USA. Horses, tractors and cows abound representing the rural areas. It appears the travelers had car trouble around Mt. Rushmore. The clover leaf of Route 66 in Oklahoma is sure to excite the reader. My favorite page was the one where the sightseers were fishing. The group travel until they reach the Golden Gate Bridge. As the song says: “This Land Is Your Land, This Land Is My Land.” This is a delightful book sure to please everyone. I suggest this book for adults 50 and over so that they can share it with their grandchildren. I shared mine with two grandchildren and they were delighted to learn the songs of my past and to experience the country through a different perspective.