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Everything Goes: On Land Hardcover – September 13, 2011
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“Biggs has a cheery cartooning style that’s reminiscent of R. Crumb and ideal for populating his oversized pages with a multitude of players and detail. With running visual jokes and mini-narratives adding to the fun, Biggs gives readers lots to take in and enjoy.” (Publishers Weekly)
“In a visual feast for fans of wheeled vehicles large and small, Biggs presents a series of high-density street scenes done in an amiably rumpled cartoon style. A glory ride for young car, truck, train, bus and trolley devotees.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Fun and learning are ideally balanced in this engaging trek that will be revisited umpteen times before every tidbit of labeling, conversation, and oddity is discovered in this wealth of urban wheels.” (School Library Journal)
“Once you embark on this wild interactive journey, don’t expect to get home for quite a while.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
“Everything Goes: On Land is sort of the perfect gift book for a child, any child, regardless of a predisposition for vehicular transportation or not.” (Betsy Bird, Fuse #8/SLJ blog)
About the Author
Everything Goes is a series of books written and illustrated by Brian Biggs. The first books in the series, Everything Goes: On Land and Everything Goes: In the Air, are a celebration of cars, trucks, motorcycles, planes, and other things that go!
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I was not disappointed! We look through it every night before bed. Some nights he even wants to sleep with it.
This book works on so many levels. The colors are bright and saturated, so the book begs to be looked at. The illustrations are a lot of fun and since there is so much going on, there is something new and funny to see each time you open it.
One of the strongest selling points for me is that I can imagine my son enjoying this book in many different ways for years to come. There is a bit of a journey that happens, so it could read as a story, where the child or caregiver uses visual clues to provide more narrative. For the younger set who have shorter attention spans, it works as a seek-and-find, which I have found helps to build vocabulary and patience. And in addition to the busy seek-and-find pages, there are pages that offer a fun cross section highlighting the layout of a motor home, or label the parts on a certain type of vehicle.
The two girls are both very different types of readers- one memorizes the words on a page and then "reads" them back, one is normally distracted during book time and prefers jumping around and being active, but (two months after purchase) both of them LOVE this book and can be kept attentive for quite some time with it.
The premise is simple- a story of a boy learning about all the different modes of transportation on land. And "all" means ALL- a huge range.
The pages filled with twenty or thirty different types of trucks or cars or trains really capture their attention (the question "Which is your favorite?" is a go-to one). There is a ton of visual imagery and the story is very sweet- both of which keeps both girls interested. Right now, the "technical" pages that go into the various parts of a car or motorcycle or an RV are a little over their heads, but that's why this book should continue to be a great bedtime read even as they get older.
This is the kind of book I would have pored over as a kid and I'm glad to see that times have changed, but kids haven't. I highly recommend this book.
While we enjoy reading this book together, it is not the best for bedtime. He becomes very active pointing out the various vehicles and laughing at the funny side stories. When we try to read this during wind down time, he gets very animated. This is a great book to read when you want your child really engaged with the story. Probably best to read during afternoon play time, rather than when you're trying to lull your little one to sleep.