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Mrs. Armitage : Queen of the road
Blake, Quentin.
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First edition, first United States edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When the car her uncle gave her loses parts all over the road, Mrs. Armitage takes it in stride, but a gang of friendly motorcyclists is impressed with the results.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 71201.
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Accompanied by her faithful dog, Breakspear, Mrs. Armitage gamely sits down behind the wheel of her newly acquired car and takes off. There are many surprises along the way - potholes, fender benders, a few sideswipes, and other minor accidents - until all that is left is Mrs. Armitage, Breakspear, and the bare frame of the car. But the ever-resourceful Mrs. Armitage remains undaunted. And when she finally meets up with her uncle and his motorcycle cronies, Mrs. Armitage is rightfully honored as the Queen of the Road.

Author Notes

Award-winning illustrator and children's author, Quentin Blake was born in 1932.

His first drawings were published in "Punch" when he was 16. He has illustrated almost 300 titles some in collaboration with famous writers such as Russell Hoban, John Yeoman and Roald Dahl. He is the creator of characters such as Mister Magnolia and Mrs. Armitage.

His works have earned him numerous awards including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award, the Bologna Ragazzi Prize, and in 2002 the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration. In 1999, he was selected as the First Children's Laureate.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Tough, cheerful Mrs. Armitage, last seen in Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave (1998), returns in another story that transforms calamity into fun adventure. Mrs. Armitage is thrilled when she inherits a new car from her uncle Cosmo (he's decided to stick to motorcycles), until the car begins to break apart: first the hubcaps pop off, then the fender scrapes loose, and so on. Who needs it? Mrs. Armitage says as she takes each loss in stride, even when the seats, the steering wheel, engine, and the wheels are all that remains. Then Mrs. Armitage runs into Uncle Cosmo and his motorcycle gang, who delight in her broken car (a fantastic machine ) and name her Queen of the Road. Blake's text is as spare and full of momentum as Mrs. Armitage's car. The well-paced, humorous language is filled with sound effects that will charm story hour crowds, and Blake's lively, scribbled, color-washed sketches find the humor in the chaotic action and create a winning character in resourceful, always upbeat Mrs. Armitage. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

She's biked (Mrs. Armitage on Wheels), she's surfed (Mrs. Armitage and the Big Wave) and this irrepressible heroine now climbs behind the wheel of a car-of sorts. When her Uncle Cosmo buys a motorcycle, he gives his "old car" to Mrs. Armitage. She comments to her "faithful dog," Breakspear, that "It doesn't look very exciting.... But we'll give it a try." Soon after the two take off in the vintage vehicle, it hits a hole in the road, sending the hubcaps flying. "Hubcaps... Who needs them?" says the nonchalant woman, who repeats this refrain when various collisions and calamities strip her car of fenders, bumpers, hood and roof. Finally, on a bumpy country road, the doors and trunk fall off as well, leaving but a silly skeleton of a car. Uncle Cosmo and his pals zoom onto the scene on their motorcycles, proclaim the vehicle "a fantastic machine" and present a selection of paraphernalia to the now hip biker-chick Mrs. Armitage, who (with Breakspear riding in the rear) leads the pack to the Crazy Duck Cafe for "a game of billiards and a can of banana fizz." Delightfully droll details in Blake's characteristically eccentric text and drawings keep this tale rolling along at a smooth clip. Readers will close the book chuckling-and hoping for Mrs. Armitage's reappearance in yet another mode of transport. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Another delightful adventure about a quirky woman and her loyal canine companion. When Mrs. Armitage receives an old jalopy from her Uncle Cosmo, who has purchased a motorcycle, she tells her dog Breakspear, "It doesn't look very exciting-. But we'll give it a try." She encounters all sorts of road hazards, some because she is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but others due to her own cheerful carelessness. The automobile is slowly and humorously stripped down, losing its hubcaps, fenders, bumpers, and roof in a ride around the city. When Mrs. Armitage drives out to the country, the car's trunk and doors disappear as well. By the time she bumps into Uncle Cosmo and his motorcycle buddies, the vehicle has been transformed into one impressive lean machine. The gang dresses Mrs. Armitage and Breakspear in leather and they roar off to the Crazy Duck Caf?. The woman's fun-loving nature and her willingness to keep on traveling in the face of adversity make her a wonderful character. Blake's characteristic watercolor cartoons pair perfectly with the silly text, creating another marvelous story about this eccentric but lovable lady.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.