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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Hardcover – June 1, 1998
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Now I have my own child and even though he is a 16 month old and doesn't fully appreciate everything it has to offer, he loves the variety of pictures and the large pages that he can turn. And as he learns the names of more things, he has more to point to in the book.
The main upside of the book is that there is a lot to look at on every page. Not just vehicles, but scenery and action make each turn of the page a new adventure. While there is a story that goes on through the entire book, you can get lots of enjoyment just by flipping through it and this makes it worthwhile for younger children who don't have the longest of attention spans. The pictures are clear and bright and help with building vocabulary and recognition.
Before "Where's Waldo," there was Goldbug. After a while, children will know exactly where he is on each page but having to hunt for him the first several times through adds something else to the charm of Richard Scarry.
The downsides are small and not worth worrying about. The pages are big but that means they are easily ripped. Just keep the tape handy. Also, pagewise, it is a long book for that age and parents can grow tired of reading it. But the actual amount of words is small. Most of the time is taken by looking at everything and searching for Goldbug. And most kids seem to enjoy looking through the book by themselves.
And I can't complain at all if a book keeps kids interested in reading. And I expect to buy another copy someday.
BUT..this IS a vehicle book, and if you or your child is a car/truck "nut" this book does not disappoint! There are many of the whimsical "scarry-mobiles" Mr. Scarry was famous for, but it gets even better than that. Car buffs will find cartoon depictions of many REAL vehicles. After just reading this to my son, I can remember a Citroen Mahari, a Bond Bug, two Steyr-Puch Haflingers, a Chrysler Farmobil, a Mercedes-Benz Unimog.. Mr. Scarry included real cars where he could, and you can tell he was a "car nut" himself based on the makes/models he used. Now, they are not "named" as such, as the brands are not important to children, but if you know your car "stuff," you will find very rare and obscure vehicles all over the book.
Buy this book. It's like going to a car show!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
When the reader makes sounds like "putt, putt" "woosh, woosh" and on and on you know how good the book is.Published 2 days ago by A. W. R. Sipe
My child loves these Richard Scarry books. He literally picks the Richard Scarry books and asks me to read them to him.Published 9 days ago by Elinor Robinson
I bought this as a gift for a two year old boy and his four year old sister loves this book as well. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Card maker
The perfect gift for a little boy's birthday. My sons loved this book when they were little and for a last-minute birthday invitation, it was GREAT to have it delivered right... Read morePublished 26 days ago by T. B. Travelstead
So much fun looking for Gold Bug and following the Pig Family on their adventure. The kids go back to this book time and time again.Published 26 days ago by bback