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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252372
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

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

More About the Author

Most of Renata Liwska's illustrations are drawn in her sketchbook which she carries with her always. This allows her to draw wherever and whenever inspiration strikes. Her artwork is a reflection of her travels - from childhood playground adventures to her current adventures living in Calgary, Canada, with her illustrator husband, Mike Kerr. Her childhood memories are of growing up in Warsaw, Poland. Renata is the illustrator of the New York Times Bestselling and critically acclaimed picture book THE QUIET BOOK written by Deborah Underwood. She has also illustrated a sequel THE LOUD BOOK, and the THE CHRISTMAS QUIET BOOK. Her most recent books are BOOM, SNOT, TWITTY written by Doreen Cronin and ONCE UPON A MEMORY written by Nina Laden, Additionally she has illustrated NIKOLAI THE ONLY BEAR written by Barbara Joosse and SKYLAR written by Mary Cuffe-Perez. She has written and illustrated RED WAGON published by Philomel Books and LITTLE PANDA published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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I got this book when my boys got their first red wagon.
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The story is delightful and the illustrations are beautiful.
jennie
It is an adorable book and she loves having it read to her.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer M. O'brien on December 2, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jennie on February 28, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Wren on November 19, 2013
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Great little book to add to my gift of a red wagon for my niece! Inspires a great imagination! Board books are great for little ones! No ripped pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael E. Stanley on October 22, 2013
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My son got this as part of Dolly's Imagination Library series at about 16 months old. This book is wonderful! He wasn't very into it a few months ago, but now likes looking at the pictures and is beginning to see a bit more.

The pictures are so detailed and I love seeing the story behind the story. This is a book that an older child would really enjoy since they'd be able to really pick out all the wonderful details.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michele Decker on February 28, 2013
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I bought this book to go along with my grandson's red wagon. He loves for you to read to him and that makes my heart happy.
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By Anne White on July 14, 2014
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Red Wagon is an adorable read for my grandson.
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