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Title:
Car wash
Author:
Steen, Sandra.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnams's Sons, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
While sitting inside their car, two children enjoy the soapy sights and watery sounds of the car wash.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC K-2 1.9 1 Quiz: 28233 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9780399233692
Format :
Book

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A deep sea adventure at the car wash created by an award-winning artist with a snappy text written by school librarians, this book lets kids go through the car wash anytime!Close hatch. Submarine. Going down. Deep. Dark.Inside the foamy sea of the car wash, giant octopus arms whomp against the windows, creatures hide in seaweed, and tidal waves come crashing. Then, it's Drip, drip. Towel dry. Shiny car. Until the twins somehow manage to get the car dirty all over again!


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 2^-6. The glorious slop of a car wash is captured in eye-popping collages and jolly play-by-play. The co-authors, twin sisters, place another set of twins, a brother and sister, in the family car with Dad, on the way to lunch. When mud spatters all over the car, Dad takes a detour to the car wash. Karas' imaginative, crazy re-creations of a car wash from a kid's perspective are great: the car becomes a submarine, and a bubbly sea, a coral reef of sponges, and a hurricane of blowing air appear outside the porthole. It's highly inventive fun that transforms a potentially frightening experience into an entertaining underwater adventure. Connie Fletcher


Publisher's Weekly Review

An onomatopoeic text and multimedia artwork convey the exuberant experience of going through the car wash, from the "whish, whish" of the "foamy sea" as viewed through the "porthole" (side window) to the "Whirr! Whirr!" of the "red-hot breath" that dries off the vehicle. Ages 2-6. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-This delightful picture book begins before the title page, as a father and two children get into their car to head out to lunch. However, a run-in with a huge mud puddle necessitates a stop at the car wash. As they enter, the children imagine that they are descending into the ocean in a submarine and immediately "Close hatch" (the car's sunroof). Inside, the different cleaning mechanisms become sea creatures, from "Coral reef" sponges to the "Giant arms" of the cloth "Octopus" to "Seaweed" brushes. After escaping the "Hurricane" of the rinse cycle, the vehicle passes through the "Red-hot breath" and finally ascends into the outside world. Then it's on to the fast-food restaurant and lunch-only to spill food all over the clean car. The rhythmic text emulates the relentless beat of a car wash: "Windows up. Engine off. On track." Fashioned from gouache, acrylics, pencil, and "some odds and ends," Karas's illustrations contrast sepia-toned scenes of the real world with vivid pinks, blues, and greens inside the car wash. Filled with clever touches, such as hot-pink fabric strips for the octopus legs and glass beads for water running down the windshield, these offbeat pictures provide a perfect counterpart to a story that is firmly rooted in a familiar experience. Creative, clever, and original, this offering is destined to be a hit in storytime or when shared one-on-one.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MDSUEN, Anastasia. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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