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Cars Galore Hardcover – March 22, 2011

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PreS-Gr 1-Rhythmic verse and lively illustrations showcase autos of every color, size, style, and speed. "Cars and cars and/ yet still MORE cars!/Millions, billions, cars-GALORE cars!" Just when readers think there couldn't be any more variations, the text revs up with a new characteristic or action. The rhyme, similar to Patricia Hubbell's Cars: Rushing! Honking! Zooming! (Marshall Cavendish, 2006), cruises smoothly for the most part, changing from slow to fast lane with only a few bumps. The illustrator's familiar cartoon style easily matches the text. Crisp, clean lines and bright colors pop against the white background, while black traffic-filled roads crisscross and loop around the pages. Readers will eagerly search for and find every vehicle mentioned. Car-crazy kids will appreciate both the rhyme and the pictures.-Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Peter Stein has been a highly successful writer, editor, designer, and art director for more than twenty years. He is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. He lives in Petaluma, California.

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than forty-two books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008 Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763647438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763647438
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I heard the author read this from the stage of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books a few weeks ago. It was a fabulous presentation and I bought the book on the spot for my daughter. Plus I'm getting copies for all my friends' kids. It's just an irresistible book. The writing is jaunty and really fun. The illustrations are priceless, very unique and almost retro. If you buy it, get used to reading it, because it's definitely one of those books that kids (particularly boys) latch on to and want to hear again and again. At the festival they were talking about a follow-up called "Bugs Galore." I don't see it on Amazon yet. But I'm very psyched. Hopefully this will be turned into a series. It DEFINITELY deserves to be.
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The writing reminds me of One Fish, Two Fish by Dr. Suess, but on a vehicular level. Rusty, dusty, hunk-of-junk car. Stinky, yucky, smells-like-a-skunk car. A big part of the fun is matching up the cars with their descriptions. Of course, the Noah's Ark car was easy to pick out (the elephants gave it away) but we had to take a closer look to distinguish the jazz car and the song car from the sing-along car. As always, Bob Staake illustrations are full of fun and interjected with humor.

We loved this book because of the great variety. There isn't an ordinary vehicle in the bunch. Shiny black streets swoop and stretch across the pages, dotted with brightly colored cars, trucks and vans. We noted one large skyscraper car, a yellow finned car with a grinning crocodile behind the wheel, an electric car dragging along the plug, and a bed car with the driver snoozing away. The drivers (various animals and people of all shapes, sizes and temperaments), contents, and scenery are every bit as captivating as the cars.

Once we finished reading this through once, we had the best time flipping back through the pages and choosing our favorites. Clever, cute, and colorful .... this is the car book to have.
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I have a very squrimy 15 month old and I was surprised that he sat quietly through this whole book cover to cover. He loved it! When we were done reading it the first time he carried it around with him for the next ten minutes. The pictures are fun and lively and the prose is very snappy and engaging. We read Cars Galore over and over again pointing to all of the different types of cars. I highly recommend to other moms with car-loving-squirmy-little-boys.
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I ordered Cars Galore after my son and I read and LOVED Bugs Galore by the same authors. I am very sad to say that I am pretty disappointed. Although Cars Galore is a fun book, I thought Bugs Galore had way more to offer. First I'll start with the illustations. Bugs Galore had unique fully colored pages with dozens of different bugs and things to look at whereas cars galore has some fun cars on every page but I felt that the background was kind of lazy/boring. Then there's the story/captions. Cars Galore didn't appeal to us in the same way because it's rhymes were sometimes a little dull. I feel this problem could have been fixed by rearranging the pages. Too many pages back to back sound too much alike and then the last few pages change to a completely new pace so the flow of words just seems off. That being said it is still a pretty fun books to read with some tongue twisting things to say. I think if I would have bought Cars Galore before Bugs Galore the appeal would have been much better but sadly I didn't so my expectations were not met.
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When you have a 2 year old who is obsessed with cars and trucks, you can't really go wrong with a title like Cars Galore can you?

POSITIVES
The pictures are amazing ...kudos to the illustrator!!
Book introduces the concept of opposites to young minds and proves that learning opposites does not have to be boring.
Every page is interesting to look at, all sorts of cars doing all sorts of things.

NEGATIVES

Peter Stein went a little overboard with the rhyming. Every page is overflowing with interesting,colorful cars going places, cars chasing and being chased etc, unfortunately, the author attempts to rhyme each and every vignette on the page. I would say that maybe 25% of the rhymes work, the rest are a clumsy jumble of words. When i am reading to my 2 year old, i have to do a bit a creative editing otherwise he loses interest.
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I have mixed feelings about this boardbook. I love the colorful illustrations, and I love that it’s about transport and vehicles - for my car crazy 2 year old son. Some of the rhymes are a bit far fetched as are some of the car designs - but then that’s the idea of the whole book - to be silly - like Dr Seuss style. My two year old likes it, though I think half of the silliness is lost on him at this age - he will get it later. Right now he just loves all the different color and style cars.

I probably wouldn’t buy this again. I bought this directly from Amazon so hadn’t seen it first but if I had I don’t think I would have bought it. It is just ok for me. A bit too nonsensical.
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As a reading specialist and parent of three boys, I completely recommend this book. What a fun read! My children keep clamoring for me to read this book again and again. When your kids ask you to read a book over and over, it's important that you enjoy it too. The illustrations are fabulous, inviting the kids to discover new details during successive readings. They enjoy the witty verse and crazy car situations. One of their favorites is the rock and roll car.
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