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K-Gr 2—When Rafael gets his contest kit to build a go-cart, he is thrilled. He loves to follow instructions, and he wants to win the big race. When he teams up with his neighbor Maya, they start to think outside the box, way outside. By combining Rafael's perfectly made-by-the-directions go-cart with Maya's bird-inspired design, they end up with an airplane. Before they can even respond to the ribbing of their classmates, the race has begun. After a slow start, their entry soars above the traditional go-carts and sails to the finish line, coming in first. The story and illustrations perfectly complement each other. The text captures the discovery of new ideas, teamwork, and the joys of creating. The art brings them all to life with detailed, cartoon digital pictures that show great facial expressions, the fun of building, and the action of the race while leaving plenty of white space so as not to overwhelm. A fun story that will get kids thinking (maybe even outside the box).—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
It’s a happy day in Mrs. Chanda’s classroom when the students are given identical kits for constructing go-carts to race in a contest. Rafael, who is good at following directions, and his classmate Maya, a dreamer with a practical bent, creatively combine their kits to build a small plane. On contest day, a classmate scoffs at their contraption, but Maya and Rafael’s vehicle soars above the go-carts to win the race. The closing spread offers a preview of their next project: a frog-inspired amphibious craft. Pared down to essentials, the text reads aloud well. In the artwork, the settings and expressive characters are defined by bold, black lines. Most illustrations are bright with colors, though the occasional picture, such as a night scene showing the children silhouetted against the sky, uses black, white, and shades of purplish gray. Like David Gordon’s Your New JETT-Pup Owner’s Manual (2011) and Viviane Schwarz’s Welcome to Your Awesome Robot (2013), this satisfying picture book inspires can-do attitude combining imagination, invention, and engineering. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn PhelanSee all Editorial Reviews
Going Places is a delightful story that inspires creative thinking, as well as collaboration. I’d recommend this book for Pre-K and up, though even younger children will be drawn... Read morePublished 28 days ago by M. Bush
Within a 24-hour time span of owning this book, my almost two-year-old son wanted to read this book SIX TIMES! He was even asking for it by title! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kim Votruba-Matook
The Book Going Places is your abilty to evolve as a person is sugnificant in the eyes who truly believe both in connection and reconnection those who truly believe. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Karen Mitropoulis
What a creative and imaginative way to encourage the young, and the young-at-heart to explore opportunities, daring to be different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheri Thomas
Too long and complex of a story for me to read nightly to my toddler.
I read a lot of 'non'-toddler books to my son at night. So I thought airplanes, boys, adventure... Read more
I really like this book which teaches kids teamwork and thinking outside the box. I also like the fact that there is a strong female lead.Published 3 months ago by mini-cake