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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 12, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763620076
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763620073
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Will the family's rapidly deteriorating jalopy survive the ride to the lake? Junie, Jakie, the baby and Poppa are so set on a swim to cool off that they're determined their rattletrap car won't disappoint them. Each time the car breaks down which Root evokes with a rousing and ever-growing chorus of onomatopoeia a family member improvises a solution, making ingenious use of a beach toy and car snacks. When the floorboard falls off with a "Whumpety Whomp!," Jakie "put his surf board on the car and he stuck it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight." Not only does the family make it to the lake, but they make it back home again as well, with a refrain of "flippita fluppita/ fizzelly sizzelly/ wappity bappity/ lumpety bumpety/ clinkety clankety/ bing bang pop!" As in their What Baby Wants, Root and Barton prove that they know how to convey mounting comic mayhem. Root builds her narrative house of cards with plenty of rhythmic repetition and nonsense words, while Barton's sunny, high-spirited watercolors demonstrate that, with a sense of humor, it is possible to move the world or at least a broken-down Tin Lizzie. Ages 4-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-On a hot summer day, Junie and Jakie suggested a trip to the lake. Poppa worries about whether or not their old car will make it ("It doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far"), but the family decides to give it a try. They haven't gone far when "boomsssssssss. The tire went flat." Junie knows what to do-she puts her beach ball in the place of the wheel, sticking it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. Then, "whumpety whomp!"-the floor falls off. This time, Jakie knows just what to do. A series of other near-disasters follows, each finding a silly remedy with an item that had been packed for the outing, and they make it to the lake. Cumulative stories are most successful when they have a little twist or surprise at the end, and there isn't one here, but the bouncy, creative language more than makes up for that lack. The internal rhymes, alliteration, and creative car sounds make a perfect read-aloud. The watercolor illustrations are full of action as the rattletrap car bounces off the road and seems to rush off the page. The words for the car sounds bounce, too, in their larger, uneven fonts. The illustrations contribute humorous detail capturing the family's alternating despair, inventiveness, and glee at moving again.

Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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The rhyming is delightful and fun to read.
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This is one of those books that's so fun to read, you don't mind doing it a bazillion times.
Faye Ku
We checked this book out from the library and both my 2 1/2 and 5 year old loved it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. T. Anderson on January 20, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Phyllis Root's books always read like music, but this one in particular is like jazz. I've just heard her read it, and the sense of rhythm is extraordinary and catching -- a book that almost sings itself. It's a perfect read-aloud for a hot summer's day!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mel on July 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. We borrowed it from the library originally. We checked it out for 10 weeks in a row and I read it every night to my son. He loved to follow along and make all the crazy sounds that the car made. He has 2 other siblings who love it just as much. We bought it finally and I have to say this is my absolute favorite book to read to them. They get so excited making the silly noises and they even want me to find a recipe for chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. That would be a fun interactive thing to do with them. I'll have to come up with something.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lin on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Rattletrap car is a fabulous book. The pictures are exceptionally appealing, the story is engaging and the rythm and rhyme great for involving young children. I have collected many wonderful 'classic' picture books over the years but Rattletrap Car is one of my favourites by far (and my children's favourites). We have been on many picnics where we have taken along 'chocolate marshmallow fudge delight' and 'razzleberry, dazzleberry, snazzleberry fizz'. This book is truly a must buy and you will not regret purchasing it. If like my family, you own a 'rattletrap car' too, it will be even more appealing!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Blackmore on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The simple concepts of trying and succeding while chipping in and showing initiative are given class A treatment in this book, one of the most charming and enjoyable on our shelf, and one that our 3-and-a-half year old has loved it for a year now. The great cast of characters and the charming if decrepit old car are very appealing, and the wonderful rhymes and catchy phrases make it a winner all around. Try not to smile when your kid says: "razzleberry dazzleberry fudge delight" a dozen times a day...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Faye Ku on April 10, 2003
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My 2-and-a-half-year-old son asks me to read the "Poppa turned the key" book. This is one of those books that's so fun to read, you don't mind doing it a bazillion times. Your mouth gets happy as those crazy sounds come out, and the illustrations are so entertaining. You can just spend time looking at each picture and seeing the little details of the pastoral scenery, oh I love the sheep and chickens. It's quite an adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NC on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old and I first fell in love with this book at our local library. We decided we just had to have one of our own. We love, love, love this book. It is so much fun to read over and over again. I now buy it for all of my Mom friends as a fun but off the beaten path gift.
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By ChristinaCinque on May 30, 2013
Format: Library Binding
This week's library find is _Rattletrap Car_ (It didn't go fast, and it didn't go far!). This is an extremely charming, very readable book with a plot perfect for the 2-4/5 year old spread, which is of paramount interest to me right now. It has to be simple enough for the 2 year old to enjoy, but have enough complexity--but not too much--for the 4 year old. The art-work is fun, and the moral is of pro-actively working together when things go wrong. Each child and daddy take turns fixing the poor old rattle-trap car, so a very wholesome moral.

I always like a book with an included father. This book is especially nice because the family is obviously not rolling in the green-backs and is still very happy, so it's a double good message about enjoying what you have.

And of course, most important of all is the language, which is absolutely wonderful and reads aloud like a song.

I will be purchasing the library-binding on Amazon, although a cheaper version is available, I like it that much.
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By Stuart|Anne on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There are some books that we save to read before bedtime, special, sleepy books. This is not one of those. Its just too much fun! We save it to read in the morning, especially on those mornings when we have to get the boys up a little earlier than usual. Sitting between their beds and reading this book is a pretty fun way to wake them up. As soon as they are awake enough to hear it they pop over to see. Its a much better experience than the usual lamentation.

Now if we can only find someplace that will sell us a "Three speed, wind up, paddle-wheel boat" we'll be set!
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Phyllis Root has written many award-winning books for children, including TEN SLEEPY SHEEP, OLIVER FINDS HIS WAY, ONE DUCK STUCK, WHAT BABY WANTS, RATTLETRAP CAR, and BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD, winner of the BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Award.

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