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Honk Honk! Beep Beep! Hardcover – August 24, 2010

4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreS-K–A father and child, both dolls, take a nighttime jeep ride through a human boy's bedroom. Before long, other toys–bunnies, a road-construction crew, a farmer, sheep, a monkey, and ladybugs–join the event-filled excursion. The crowded jeep rolls across the sleeping child's bed and, when it stops, the passengers look out a window at the sunrise. In the final spread, the wide-awake boy looks out the window, too. Kirk's colorful oil-on-canvas illustrations are similar in style to his artwork in Kevin Lewis's Chugga-Chugga Choo Choo (1999) and Tugga-Tugga Tugboat (2006, both Hyperion). Playful details capture the interest of young children, while the rhyming text bounces along. Listeners will want to chime in on the repetitive “Honk Honk!” and “Beep Beep!” This imaginative story makes a pleasing choice for bedtime reading and storytimes.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OHα(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Bright colors, a rhythmic text, and an imaginative premise make this a winner for kids just starting to find fun in books. Reminiscent of the Toy Story movies, here a young boy's toys awaken before he does: a toy father and son take their jeep for a ride, honking and beeping their way through the child's room, visiting and picking up various other playthings, including stuffed bunnies, workers at a construction site, and more. They make it to the top of a “mountain” (the child's windowsill) in time for sunrise. The final spread, bathed in sunny yellow, pictures the child, seemingly giant-sized, waking up behind the toys arrayed in the window. The spacious layout and oversize typeface make the story accessible to the youngest readers and listeners, who will want to call out the noisy refrain. Kids who like cars, trucks, and trains will enjoy this adventurous trip; grown-ups should plan to come along repeatedly for the ride. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Diane Foote
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423124863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423124863
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Kirk is a master at tapping into the imagination of young children. Honk Honk! Beep Beep! goes right into the same theme as Toy Story. Kids all like to think about their toys having a life of their own when no one is looking, and Kirk takes his crew on quite a drive full of horn honkin' fun that will appeal to all young fans of cars and trucks. All the toys get to join in before finally ending up back with their owner who is just waking up. The bright illustrations are the star in this one. It is sure to generate lots of requests for repeats, as kids will want to make sure they don't miss a single toy. Try it out as a group read aloud - just make sure you have your car sounds ready!
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Great book! We originally had "Chugga-Chugga Choo Choo" by these same authors. By the way, that is the better of the two in terms of rhythm but my son loves this one. He's memorized it and he asks for i as night. Its a book parents won't mind reading either which is a big plus!
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My 18 month old son is a HUGE fan of Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, so when I saw Daniel Kirk had a similar book, I bought it right away. He LOVES this one! On the first night we opened it, he had me read it 10 times in a row. The rhythm and cadence are great, the illustrations are very similar to Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, and some of the rhymes are similar to My Truck is Stuck ("up a hillside very steep"), which actually makes my toddler love it even more.
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If I were the only reader of this book, I would have given it one star. However, I suspect my two-year old would disagree with me and want to give it 10000000 starts. So, I'm compromising at 3.

It's one of his favorite books right now, from the repetition of the title phrase throughout the book, to the little yellow rubber ducky that closes out the book. ("gnite lil yell duck")

But man, do I hate this book. (How much? Enough to write a review of a children's board book.) Two reasons I hate it: The story itself has no real "flow." Though there's a story (child and father ride in car to watch the sun rise, illustrated as children's toys), many of the individual pages and passages seem as though they could come in almost any order. This makes memorizing the book (key to reading to kids upside down) tricky. But mostly, I hate how much this father leans on the horn. According to this book you should honk your horn:
1. When leaving your house before dawn;
2. When animals run across the road (okay, I'll give you that one);
3. When construction workers are working;
4. Again with the animals in the roadway;
5. When stopped at a railway crossing and the sleeper cars pass (again, before dawn);
6. When driving up steep hills.

Seriously - don't be that guy.
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Son absolutely loved this story. Great pictures and detail. Started reading this to him when he was one year old, he is now two and still likes to read it at least a few times a week. Reading to my son has molded him into an amazing individual. This book deserves a many thanks from my wife and myself.
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By JB on January 9, 2015
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WINNER!!!!! I don't have any single child's book memorized but this one. My 1 year old likes to have this one read to him repeatedly, every morning, afternoon and evening! What can I say? It's a fun read and if my 1 year old is tired of it, I'm not! My son and loves Honk Honk Beep Beep, My Truck is Stuck, Cugga Chugga Choo Choo and Tugga Tugga Tugboat.
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Great book for my 23 month old. It's been a favorite for several months and it doesn't bore me to read repeatedly as mush as some of our other board books, and we have a lot of books. I am an avid reader with my kids and a speech therapist. The pictures are interesting and allow us to work on receptive language as I ask him to show me different characters.
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I've been reading this book to my boy since he was 2 and we still love it at 4. I like that it's much bigger than the previous books by the same author. The story and the artwork are a lot of fun.
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