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The No 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird Paperback – June 1, 2012

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As in The No. 1 Car Spotter (2011), Nigerian-born Atinuke’s slim, small chapter book blends farce and realism in a story about a contemporary kid who both makes mistakes and saves the day in his small Nigerian village. No. 1 does make a mess with his friend Coca Cola when they wet cement powder and get stuck. But even with all the silliness, the book’s traditional community values and customs are strong and sometimes better than modern alternatives: a grass roof is much cooler than the spiffy new tin kind, for example. When a flood strands some fancy tourists with their limousines and cell phones, No. 1 works out how to help them across the river. Illustrated with spare line drawings, the innocent kid’s first-person narrative will hold readers with the boy’s fun mishaps and his triumph. Grades 2-5, --Hazel Rochman

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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Series: No. 1 Car Spotter (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 93 pages
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610670523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610670524
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,520,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Maynerick on September 21, 2016
My husband has been reading this book with our 6 year old son, and he loves it. The various adventures and clever problem solving skills of the lead character really keep him interested. He loved the part where the boy found a creative approach to protect his goat from a jacquire. This book came highly recommended at our local book store in Austin, Texas. It was on display and we are glad we checked it out!
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this series is atinuke at her best. slip into the village filled with the lives of those who could easily be your own aunties, sissys, grandpas and grandmas and follow their adventures, triumphs, and troubles. i love how the character encounters real life problems beyond his own ego, placing him in a family unit with responsibilities towards the whole community. my 6 yr old son and i have read all of the No. 1 Car Spotter books together and we have even made mama cocacola's famous akara. delicious! just like the books. atinuke, we are waiting for more :)
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