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Rattletrap car
Root, Phyllis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge MA : Candlewick Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : coll illustrations ; 28 cm
Various disasters threaten to stop Poppa and the children from getting to the lake in their rattletrap car, but they manage to come up with an ingenious solution to each problem.
Reading Level:
AD 510 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 43524.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 1 Quiz: 31299 Guided reading level: NR.
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Kids won't want this hilarious read-aloud ride to end. Who says getting there isn't half the fun?

It's hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it in their rattletrap car? It doesn't go fast, and it doesn't go far, but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat, they're off to the lake where it's cool, cool, cool! Aaaahhh.
Phyllis Root's wonderfully inventive wordplay and Jill Barton's spirited and expressive illustrations make this a read-aloud road trip to remember.

Author Notes

Phllis Root is the author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book, Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-5. Here's a happy story hour choice. "Junie was hot. Jakie was hot. Even the baby was hot hot hot." Papa decides a trip to the lake would be fun, but there's the problem of their rattletrap car: "it doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far." Still, the family piles in, along with a beach ball, a surfboard, a thermos of razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, and some chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. The car huffs and puffs and bings and pops its way down the road, and they don't get far before a tire goes flat. Junie uses the beach ball as a tire, which she sticks to the axle with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. Other mechanical problems are solved in the same way, till the family finally gets to the pond--and back. The oversize format and the bright, crisp pictures by the artist of Baby Duck fame, make this hilariously suitable for groups. Add to that lots of great words to say (clinkety clankety, whumpety whomp), and the joy of seeing each automotive crisis solved with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight, and you've got a picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

Will the family's rapidly deteriorating jalopy survive the ride to the lake? Junie, Jakie, the baby and Poppa are so set on a swim to cool off that they're determined their rattletrap car won't disappoint them. Each time the car breaks down which Root evokes with a rousing and ever-growing chorus of onomatopoeia a family member improvises a solution, making ingenious use of a beach toy and car snacks. When the floorboard falls off with a "Whumpety Whomp!," Jakie "put his surf board on the car and he stuck it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight." Not only does the family make it to the lake, but they make it back home again as well, with a refrain of "flippita fluppita/ fizzelly sizzelly/ wappity bappity/ lumpety bumpety/ clinkety clankety/ bing bang pop!" As in their What Baby Wants, Root and Barton prove that they know how to convey mounting comic mayhem. Root builds her narrative house of cards with plenty of rhythmic repetition and nonsense words, while Barton's sunny, high-spirited watercolors demonstrate that, with a sense of humor, it is possible to move the world or at least a broken-down Tin Lizzie. Ages 4-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-On a hot summer day, Junie and Jakie suggested a trip to the lake. Poppa worries about whether or not their old car will make it ("It doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far"), but the family decides to give it a try. They haven't gone far when "boomsssssssss. The tire went flat." Junie knows what to do-she puts her beach ball in the place of the wheel, sticking it on tight with chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. Then, "whumpety whomp!"-the floor falls off. This time, Jakie knows just what to do. A series of other near-disasters follows, each finding a silly remedy with an item that had been packed for the outing, and they make it to the lake. Cumulative stories are most successful when they have a little twist or surprise at the end, and there isn't one here, but the bouncy, creative language more than makes up for that lack. The internal rhymes, alliteration, and creative car sounds make a perfect read-aloud. The watercolor illustrations are full of action as the rattletrap car bounces off the road and seems to rush off the page. The words for the car sounds bounce, too, in their larger, uneven fonts. The illustrations contribute humorous detail capturing the family's alternating despair, inventiveness, and glee at moving again.-Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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