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This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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PreSchool-Grade 2–In this cheerful takeoff on "The House That Jack Built," Dad cleans the van and then takes his three children to pick up some fast food. By the time they get home, of course, the van is completely covered in fries, ketchup, and last year's Halloween candy. Have no fear, though; the kids clean it all up the next morning. Done in pastel, ink, and pencil, the cartoon artwork is broadly humorous, with the action growing ever more frantic until the wordless punch line when Dad finally turns around and notices the mess. The layout is ingenious, with the illustrations framed as if they were mounted in a family photo album. There are one or two awkward rhymes, but for the most part the text rolls merrily off the tongue. In fact, it begs to be read aloud. This book will resonate with many families. Pair it with Jules Feiffer's The Daddy Mountain (Hyperion, 2004) for a fabulous Father's Day storytime.–Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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PreS-Gr. 2. The nursery rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built" is shifted to the suburbs. It starts with a father carefully cleaning his van before his three children pile in. A stop by the drive-up window of a fast-food place starts the troubles. It doesn't take long before scattered french fries, airborne ketchup packets, and spilled candy corn is all over the car. Closing double-page spreads show the kids diligently recleaning the van. Young readers or listeners are sure to enjoy the rhyming, cumulative text that ends with the refrain "the van that Dad cleaned." And they'll get plenty of laughs out of Ernst's simple, humorous, pastel, ink, and pencil illustrations. The baby's toy, a stuffed moose with one antler, stoically takes the brunt of the flying food and manages to be the funniest character, despite its deadpan features. Todd Morning
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