- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 510L (What's this?)
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 12, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763620076
- ISBN-13: 978-0763620073
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rattletrap Car Paperback – April 12, 2004
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Phyllis Root says this story is based on "all the rattletrap cars I’ve ever driven!"
Jill Barton says she often draws on her memories of her grandfather, a farmer, when illustrating stories set in the country.
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This is a great read aloud for a family. It is super silly and there are some repetitive phrases that everyone can join in on. Lots of onomatopoeia. I’m not sure what my youngest was drawn to that other books couldn’t fulfill for her, but the pictures are bright and clear and there are kids of multiple ages including a baby in this story. The storyline is that the family has a death trap car and they keep making repairs using toys and marshmallow fudge delight to get the car running again. This level of silliness isn’t usually the type of book I’d be interested in but I’ll admit even I don’t mind this one. I’d consider this a good gift book too because I don’t think it’s super popular. I’ll probably buy this one again.
Now if we can only find someplace that will sell us a "Three speed, wind up, paddle-wheel boat" we'll be set!
But it's fun to pretend you can when reading :)
And anyway, this book is such a delight to read aloud that I don't suppose it matters about the family's unorthodox method of transport. I mean, try to say this out loud without grinning:
Poppa turned the key
brum, brum, brum, brum.
You can't do it. You just can't. If you buy this only for the fun of reading a few of those lines aloud, it's money well spent.