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Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems Hardcover – January 7, 2014

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4—The subtitle "Crazy Car Poems" correctly describes the contents of this collaboration-22 pieces of pure fanciful nonsense by two of America's cleverest and most inventive poets currently writing for young people. Offerings include a "Giant Bookmobile of Tomorrow," driven by the Gingerbread Man; a pirate-operated, ocean-going "Fish Car"; and a "Dragonwagon" that "feeds with greed on rusty bikes." The child whose dad navigates the 'Balloon Car' says "…boy, does he he get mad at me/When I call out- 'Hey, POP!' …and the elderly lady operating the first-prize, supersize 'High-Heel Car' "…wins every footrace/Then honks her shoehorn." It's quite possible that Holmes had the most fun of all creating his spot-on, detail-laden illustrations of bizarre imaginary worlds ranging from above the rooftops to beneath the sea. Parts of his digitally-colored pencil and watercolor paintings appear to be formed from mixed media: polymer clay, paper/cardboard collage, a folded sheet of lined notebook paper with a paperclip grille and ballpoint bumper. The number of clever eccentricities in the illustrations is eye-boggling. For example, in the scene accompanying 'Bathtub Car', the duck/king's 'royal throne' is the kind found in the bathroom. Younger children will like the silliness of the poems; older kids and adults will enjoy poring over the pictures. This highly entertaining collection is fun to read and will provide inspiration for youngsters trying to create their own humorous poetry.—Susan Scheps, formerly at Shaker Public Library, OH

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Here’s a weird idea for you: poems about bizarre hybrid cars—or, as Lewis and Florian prefer, a futuristic sneak preview into what may one day rule the roads. Readers will chuckle at the sheer improbability of each conception. How about a car made out of an enormous shoe? Or one made out of paper that you can shred when it breaks down? Or a giant hot-dog car you can eat? Or a giant rolling bathtub that gets you clean as you cruise? Take, for example, the Grass Taxi: I need to mow the glass, / I should Weedwack the visor, / I’m blanketed in grass. / My wax is fertilizer. The rhymes largely keep to such easy-to-follow quatrains paving the way for readers to enjoy Holmes’ hugely inventive pencil, watercolor, and digital art. These are deliriously overimagined auto designs, often Rube Goldberg-y or steampunky in feel, with a pale palette that gives the affair an old-fashioned sheen. (The characters too look like antiquated dolls.) Unique from fin to fender. Grades K-3. --Daniel Kraus
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Schwartz & Wade (January 7, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866906
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #280,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I read this to my little nieces.
They laughed so hard they fell to pieces.
I put them back together and then
I had to read it to them again!
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“Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems” written by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, and creatively illustrated by Jeremy Holmes is book for children that brings songs about wacky cars – due to its creativity, of both text and pictures, it will become certainly one of the favorite picture books of your older preschool child.

On its pages a young little reader will find the handful of crazy cars designs each of them sang about in songs of these two great authors.
And although the book text is interesting and funny, the attention of reader will be inevitably immediately directed to the illustrations that have been made over the entire page, with countless details and colors - what makes you want each of them to be increased to the size of the poster in order to beautify your child's room.

Therefore, “Poem-mobiles: Crazy Car Poems” can certainly be recommended for slightly older children in which they’ll enjoy watching the beautiful pictures and reading entertaining text.
Also if you are looking for the ideal gift book for some other preschool children, this book I would definitely recommend to take into your consideration.
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Never having been a huge poetry fan, mainly because I did not understand it, children’s poetry books like today’s title, Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems are the reason why I not only enjoy poetry, but even understanding is beginning to take hold. Crazy Car Poems could not have any better poets and illustrators than it has, and it shows. The poems are not only wonderful to read aloud, rolling off the tongue smoothly—except when laughing, which is the other great thing about Crazy Car Poems: the poems are hilarious and the illustrations are fabulous, or maybe the poems are fabulous and the illustrations are hilarious. Either way, or both ways, Crazy Car Poems is fantastic. Kids, of all ages, will love this book, especially the male species.

If you like the feel and look of a brand new car, with its clean interior, shiny body, strong chassis, oh, and that brand-new car smell, Crazy Car Poems will thrill you, because it has all those features and more. These automobiles rhyme, sing, and beat to a perfect cadence. And Crazy Car Poems are the wave of the future. Forget hybrids, electronics, sonic boom stereos, and cars that park themselves, for these cars need none of that old-fashioned nonsense to drive like a dream. Forget the Smart Car. Get a Mini-Mini-Car.

“I’m in my little motorcar—
My mini-mini-mini.
it’s itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny,
Skinny skinny skinny.

I squeeze inside and then I ride
Some more and more and more.
But I don’t brag, for there’s a snag:
I can’t get out the door.
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Format: Hardcover
I love this book. We just received it as a gift and it already looks five years old from all of the sticky-fingered "self reading" by our three year old son. The poems are crisp and smart, and the illustrations are playful but mature. It offers a nice respite away from the commercial dribble we're normally inundated with. Bravo to its team of collaborators.
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My four year old son absolutely loves this book! I have been trying to incorporate more poetry into our nightly reading, and this book has been entertaining for both of us to read together! I also really love the discussions about environmental awareness that the li-moo-sine poem and a few others raise.

The quality of paper this book is printed on and the vibrancy of the illustrations really make this a beautiful, fun book. Definitely recommend to any parent trying to include more poetry in their child's reading, especially for one that is obsessed with moving machines.
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After reading this over and over again with my daughter, I now give it as a birthday gift to all of her friends!
The poems are funny and engaging, even for adults (but completely appropriate for young children), and the illustrations are adorable and unique. A great book for kids of all ages.
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Format: Kindle Edition
J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian--TOGETHER? Yep! They have a new funny car poetry collection out called POEM-MOBILES! It's full of whimsical, punny poems by Pat and Douglas--because what else would you expect when these two madly funny men (funny madmen?) get together? And it's illustrated with very cool, can't-even-figure-out-how-to-describe-it art by Jeremy Holmes. Your car-crazed young readers will love it (and so will non-car fanatics--I'm proof!). Here's one of my favorites:

Bathtub Car

With hot-water heating
And porcelain seating,
The Bathtub is speeding--
A white limousine

That's sudsy with bubbles.
Forget your car troubles.
Its purpose? It doubles
By keeping you clean!

--J. Patrick Lewis, all rights reserved

Isn't that delightful? I love it. Of course, I'm a lot more partial to baths than to cars, so that could explain why this is one of my particular favorites:>) But if you like dragons or dinosaurs or high heels or paper clips or just about anything, there is a related poem in this book!
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