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Who Is Driving? Hardcover – January 23, 2007

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Starred Review. PreSchool-K—This is a concept book with a difference: on every other spread, four animals dressed in various outfits parade across the verso toward a type of vehicle (fire engine, tractor, race car, etc.) on the right, and the text asks, "Who is driving?" The next spread reveals the answer as the correctly outfitted animal is shown taking off behind the wheel, accompanied by appropriate sound effects. Readers have to notice minute details of each animal's clothing in order to come up with the right answer. The vivid acrylic illustrations in primary colors have a three-dimensional look and will delight toddlers, although they might not be able to match all the drivers and their vehicles without a little help. The format is clear and simple with white pages as background for the animals, alternating with brightly colored pages for the full pictures. Children will love guessing who each driver will be as well as helping to make each vehicle's noise. A surefire winner for the youngest set.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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First published in Belgium, this picture book challenges children to guess which animal will drive a certain vehicle. "Who is driving . . . / . . . the fire engine?" asks the text on the first double-page spread, illustrated with four oddly dressed characters striding purposefully across the page: a chicken in a jumper, a red-capped goat lugging a suitcase, an elephant equipped as a firefighter, or a bear wearing his cap backward. Other questions (and other animals) dot the remaining pages. The answers are not always obvious, though observant children can pick up visual clues. And even if they don't get all the answers right, they're sure to enjoy the final spread, which shows the fire engine, fancy car, race car, tractor, convertible, jeep, airplane, and turtle (on foot) and asks "But who . . . / . . . will get there first?" Vivid against white or solid-colored backgrounds, the clarity and pizzazz of the sturdy images will draw children into the fun. Good for storytimes. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599900216
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,630,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 31, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This delightful book works on so many levels. It's an early reading book, an imaginative picture book, a counting book, a vocabulary book, and a memory and problem-solving book all wrapped in one delectable package.

In each of the seven 4-page scenarios, we see three or four animals in clothes so stylishly unique that they seem almost exaggerated. These clothes, however, provide big hints to solve Timmon's titular question, "Who is driving" (...the fire engine, fancy car, race car, tractor, convertible, jeep, and airplane)? While clothes and accessories provide major clues, the size and even overall comportment (!) give valuable information as well. For example, is it the alligator dessed in garish leather, the large rodent mail deliverer, the T-shirted tiny mouse, or the "lady-like" cat in formal attire who will be driving the elegant 1940s-vehicle (complete with tiny yellow flag on the hood). Using early observational and reasoning skills, and perhaps with some discussion/guidance from an adult, a youngster will probably rightly conclude that the best fitting match is between car and cat. Turn the two-page spread, and voila--the answer!

"Cat!
She is driving to a tea party.
zzzzZoOMmmmm"

(and the flag has her picture on it!).

The acrylic illustrations are extraordinary. The vehicles fairly jump off the page, an effect due to a mix of composition, color play, and the "personality" of the objects. Bold geometric shapes predominate, and the animals and "driveables" have energy and a kind of individualistic pizazz.
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Format: Hardcover
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Who is driving? With gas prices these days, it's high time for the pogo stick to make a comeback. But sometimes a chick needs her wheels, and it's no different for the parade of critters in this green gem of a book.

Timmers' guessing game format is delightfully simple and sweet. On the left hand page are four different animals decked out in various attire -- for example, alligator in a red leather biker suit, cat in a Jackie O. ensemble, mole in a mail carrier uniform, mouse in blue jeans -- all with their car keys out and at the ready. On the right hand page is a vehicle. Who is driving...the fancy car? Observant and traditionally-schooled youngsters will correctly guess the fancy-clad Cat, of course. Other young deviants may ask why the leather-clad alligator wouldn't just eat the other animals and hijack the ride for himself. (We recommend boarding school for such children.) Either way, this book is an excellent read aloud, with plenty of visual humor to sustain interest over repeated readings. Who Is Driving? is one sweet ride!
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Format: Hardcover
This delightful book works on so many levels. It's an early reading book, an imaginative picture book, a counting book, a vocabulary book, and a memory and problem-solving book all wrapped in one delectable package.

In each of the seven 4-page scenarios, we see three or four animals in clothes so stylishly unique that they seem almost exaggerated. These clothes, however, provide big hints to solve Timmon's titular question, "Who is driving" (...the fire engine, fancy car, race car, tractor, convertible, jeep, and airplane)? While clothes and accessories provide major clues, the size and even overall comportment (!) give valuable information as well. For example, is it the alligator dessed in garish leather, the large rodent mail deliverer, the T-shirted tiny mouse, or the "lady-like" cat in formal attire who will be driving the elegant 1940s-vehicle (complete with tiny yellow flag on the hood). Using early observational and reasoning skills, and perhaps with some discussion/guidance from an adult, a youngster will probably rightly conclude that the best fitting match is between car and cat. Turn the two-page spread, and voila--the answer!

"Cat!
She is driving to a tea party.
zzzzZoOMmmmm"

(and the flag has her picture on it!).

The acrylic illustrations are extraordinary. The vehicles fairly jump off the page, an effect due to a mix of composition, color play, and the "personality" of the objects. Bold geometric shapes predominate, and the animals and "driveables" have energy and a kind of individualistic pizazz.
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This is such a great book! I used to read this to my oldest son in paperback when he was younger and loved it. I am so excited to own the board book version. I read this with my youngest son who just turned 3. In the beginning he loved guessing who he thought was driving and even though he now has it memorized he still requests this book every night.
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I bought this for my three year old as our of collection bedtime books was getting a bit stale and we (or maybe just I) needed something new and different! The illustrations are fantastic--so detailed and vibrant colors--and while the copy in the book is fairly simple it makes for a great conversation as he tries to guess which of the five characters will be driving each vehicle. Love it!
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