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Red Wagon Hardcover – February 17, 2011

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PreS-Gr 2-A fluffy bipedal fox has a new red wagon and, as far as she's concerned, it's playtime right now. But Mom has a chore for her first. Lucy needs to go to the market. She's not enthused, but she does head off, shopping list in her paw, and takes along her imagination. Hedgehog, Rabbit, Raccoon, and others join her in fanciful play as the wagon becomes a boat, covered wagon, truck, or train while they make their way down the road. Lucy's Mom is pleased when she returns, task finished, and now it's time to play. Except, all that "work" actually means that the little fox is now ready for a nap. The illustrations are done with pencil and are colored digitally. The small childlike animals are fluffy, soft, and friendly looking. Although the story moves between fantasy and reality without much explanation, overall it offers an appealing-if not outstanding-slice-of-life story.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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*Starred Review* The creator of The Quiet Book (2010), a New York Times best-seller, offers a winning story of imaginative play that makes a worthy partner to Crockett Johnson�s Harold and the Purple Crayon (1955) and Antoinette Portis� Not a Box (2007). Lucy, a fuzzy red fox, can�t wait to play with her new red wagon, but she doesn�t like her mother�s suggestion that she use it to go to the market: �That sounded like a chore. Lucy didn�t want to do chores.� Still, shopping list in paw, Lucy sets out, followed by a small menagerie of adorable animal pals. This title owes its delight to the well-balanced, deadpan disparity between the spare, straightforward text and the increasingly wild scenarios depicted in the digitally colored pencil illustrations. According to the words, the animals climb a hill, weather some rain, load up at the market, regroup after hitting a rock, and return home. The pictures, however, show a different story: along the way, the red wagon transforms from pirate ship to covered wagon to circus caravan to train to rocket ship to truck in detailed scenes children will want to revisit. Preschoolers will recognize the reality-blurring borders of their own made-up worlds; children on the cusp of independent reading will enjoy following the simple, bold-type sentences; and both audiences will hope for future adventures from Lucy and her friends. Preschool-Grade 1. --Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252372
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My two-year-old son loves this book. He usually likes books about cars, trucks, and trains the best; this one has enough of those and some cute forest animals. The pictures are lovely, too. I actually enjoyed reading it fifteen or so times before we took it back to the library.
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Gave this as a shower gift along with a Red Radio Flyer Wagon. BIG hit!!! I am still hearing about what a hit the wagon and book were.
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Lucy has a new red wagon. She wants to play with it, but her mother wants her to use it to pick up some groceries for her. Lucy uses her imagination to ride the enormous waves of an ocean during a storm, drive a covered wagon, be the engineer on a train, and ride on a rocketship using her wagon.

"Lucy quickly pushed the wagon down the hill. (Illustration shows Lucy and her friends riding the ocean waves during a big storm)
By the time she got to the bottom, it was really coming down!" (Illustration shows the ocean waves are very big.)

Nice to see a story where children are encouraged to use their imaginations.
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I have red a lot -A LOT - of children's books in my time, and was disappointed in this book. I bought it because I was giving a real red wagon as a 1st birthday gift & thought this would make a nice little add-on. The illustrations are cute, but there is a real disconnect with the story. I would not enjoy reading this book to my grandchildren.
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I bought a red wagon for my 3 year old grandson and got this book to go with it. The story is delightful and the illustrations are beautiful. I would recommend this book as a "keeper".
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By J. Maupin on January 22, 2016
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I really liked the story for preschoolers. The illustrations are interesting, colorful and attractive. I wish I could have gotten a small red wagon to go with the book. I guess it is not too late, but the parents would have had to take it home on the plane, and it would have been too much of a bother.
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My daughter loves this book. The writing is simple and tells a story while the illustrations allow the child to use their imagination and make up their own version of the story. I'd definitely recommend this book to parents and teachers. Provides perfect opportunity for verbal communication.
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I got this book for two yonger granddaughters to accompany the gift of their Red Wagon (a big, plastic Radio Flyer with seats and cup holders). It was a perfect duo. The girls still like this book read to them--one is just three and the other is now 17 months.
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