From School Library Journal
PreS-K–A father and child, both dolls, take a nighttime jeep ride through a human boy's bedroom. Before long, other toys–bunnies, a road-construction crew, a farmer, sheep, a monkey, and ladybugs–join the event-filled excursion. The crowded jeep rolls across the sleeping child's bed and, when it stops, the passengers look out a window at the sunrise. In the final spread, the wide-awake boy looks out the window, too. Kirk's colorful oil-on-canvas illustrations are similar in style to his artwork in Kevin Lewis's Chugga-Chugga Choo Choo (1999) and Tugga-Tugga Tugboat (2006, both Hyperion). Playful details capture the interest of young children, while the rhyming text bounces along. Listeners will want to chime in on the repetitive “Honk Honk!” and “Beep Beep!” This imaginative story makes a pleasing choice for bedtime reading and storytimes.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OHα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Bright colors, a rhythmic text, and an imaginative premise make this a winner for kids just starting to find fun in books. Reminiscent of the Toy Story movies, here a young boy's toys awaken before he does: a toy father and son take their jeep for a ride, honking and beeping their way through the child's room, visiting and picking up various other playthings, including stuffed bunnies, workers at a construction site, and more. They make it to the top of a “mountain” (the child's windowsill) in time for sunrise. The final spread, bathed in sunny yellow, pictures the child, seemingly giant-sized, waking up behind the toys arrayed in the window. The spacious layout and oversize typeface make the story accessible to the youngest readers and listeners, who will want to call out the noisy refrain. Kids who like cars, trucks, and trains will enjoy this adventurous trip; grown-ups should plan to come along repeatedly for the ride. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Diane Foote