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Cars at play
Walton, Rick.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 X 26 cm
Rhymed text and illustrations show all the things that cars do when they play.
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Clarence Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Clearfield Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Little Books
Collins Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Eggertsville-Snyder Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Hamburg Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Williamsville Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
Frank E. Merriweather Library PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Did you know that cars like to play dress up and Simon Says? They also like to sing, play jacks, and go ice-skating-just like kids! You can see just how much fun you never knew cars were having in the clever and funny scenes in Cars at Play. They play leapfrog on highway ramps, swing from ships onto land, play dodgeball with dogs and balls, and more. Humorously expressive cars zoom through favorite childhood activities in scenes they could drive through in real life in this funky book from Rick and Ann Walton and newcomer James Lee Croft.

Author Notes

Rick Walton was born 1957, in Provo, Utah. He received his bachelor's degree in Spanish from Brigham Young University in 1980 and his master's degree in 1999. Walton is the author of over sixty books for children. His works include joke books, picture books, a collection of poetry, activity books, mini-mysteries, and educational software. His titles include Once There was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, Bertie was a Watchdog, and A Very Hairy Scary Story.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Through plenty of rhyme, this book offers a playful look at a variety of types of automobiles and the "games" they engage in. "Cars play leapfrog,/Cars go wading,/Cars play hide-and-seek,/And go ice-skating." Their honking and beeping is described as their way of singing, and their idea of eating snacks is to hook up to the gas pump. It all sounds silly, and it is-silly fun for kids. In the end, cars get tired and go to sleep. The stylized, acrylic illustrations closely resemble a child's vivid imagination, each car with a different shape, color, or combination of colors, along with expressions of individuality that mirror the drawings of a child. The text is kept to a minimum-one line per page in a good-sized type. This is definitely a one-on-one sharing book, or an easy choice for newly independent readers.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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