From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—This is a concept book with a difference: on every other spread, four animals dressed in various outfits parade across the verso toward a type of vehicle (fire engine, tractor, race car, etc.) on the right, and the text asks, "Who is driving?" The next spread reveals the answer as the correctly outfitted animal is shown taking off behind the wheel, accompanied by appropriate sound effects. Readers have to notice minute details of each animal's clothing in order to come up with the right answer. The vivid acrylic illustrations in primary colors have a three-dimensional look and will delight toddlers, although they might not be able to match all the drivers and their vehicles without a little help. The format is clear and simple with white pages as background for the animals, alternating with brightly colored pages for the full pictures. Children will love guessing who each driver will be as well as helping to make each vehicle's noise. A surefire winner for the youngest set.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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First published in Belgium, this picture book challenges children to guess which animal will drive a certain vehicle. "Who is driving . . . / . . . the fire engine?" asks the text on the first double-page spread, illustrated with four oddly dressed characters striding purposefully across the page: a chicken in a jumper, a red-capped goat lugging a suitcase, an elephant equipped as a firefighter, or a bear wearing his cap backward. Other questions (and other animals) dot the remaining pages. The answers are not always obvious, though observant children can pick up visual clues. And even if they don't get all the answers right, they're sure to enjoy the final spread, which shows the fire engine, fancy car, race car, tractor, convertible, jeep, airplane, and turtle (on foot) and asks "But who . . . / . . . will get there first?" Vivid against white or solid-colored backgrounds, the clarity and pizzazz of the sturdy images will draw children into the fun. Good for storytimes. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved