Synopses & Reviews
Buckle up for an exuberant ride humming with energetic rhymes and whimsical, retro art from a masterful team.
Black car, green car,
nice car, mean car.
Near car, far car.
Whoa! Bizarre car!
Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Steins bouncing verse, Bob Staakes high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrators signature style.
"This homage to the exuberant picture books of the 1960s (think P.D. Eastman) celebrates autos with unabashed pleasure. 'Black car, green car,/ nice car, mean car,/ Whoa! Bizarre car!' Staake (The First Pup) creates a ludicrous menagerie of highly unconventional automobiles with dome windows, rocket engines, feet along the bottom like millipedes, and checkerboard doors, piloted by humans and animals of every age and stripe. (Noah's Ark even gets an automotive makeover, and the aforementioned 'bizarre' car is adorned with wings, an umbrella, a jack-in-the-box, and a Viking helmet.) Black roads crisscross the pages, telephone wires obscure the view, and the roar of traffic is almost audible. Traffic jams, breakdowns, construction, carsickness ('Rusty, dusty,/ hunk-of-junk car./ Stinky, yucky,/ smells-like-a-skunk car') none of it fazes Stein, who's unapologetic about the degree to which American society is dominated by cars. He even issues an invitation: 'Fun drive, sun drive,/ Got-to-run drive!/ Dream drive, cool drive.../ Someday YOU'LL drive!' Add in the book's interactive seek-and-find dimension, and readers won't need much temptation to join a world that's this full of action. Ages 4 8. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Peter Stein has been a highly successful writer, editor, designer, and art director for more than twenty years. He is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. He lives in Petaluma, California.
Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than forty-two books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Childrens Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008 Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.