Calling All Cars (Sue Fliess & Sarah Beise)


Hello, friends! Today’s review is Calling All Cars by Sue Fliess and Sarah Beise, a simple and colorful book of cars for little ones.

In rhyming text, the reader is introduced to a world of colorful cars, driven by a menagerie of colorful animal characters. Some cars are long, and some are wide. Some are old, some are new; some are big, and some are small. Some go fast, others go slow, some get stuck in traffic, and some even smash into each other for fun! There are all kinds of cars, but at the end of the day, all of them (even beloved toy cars) get tucked in for a good night’s sleep.

This one is a great basic-concept read for little bookworms, yet features some wonderfully energetic art that will make repeat readings lots of fun. The rhymes are simple, covering mostly opposites and various car- and road-related subjects. The illustrations are wonderful, packing in dozens of distinct species of animals in all manner of vehicles, which should make this a lot of fun to peruse for tiny car-lovers. The length is good, and JJ really enjoyed it, so we can definitely recommend this for any little ones who like animals, bright colors, and the things that go. Baby Bookworm approved!

Drive: A Look At Roadside Opposites (Kellen Hatanaka)

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Summer Reading Day 36: Today was our first day of baby swim class (hence the awesome swim cover), but we still made time to get our book of the day in! Today’s pick was Drive: A Look At Roadside Opposites by Kellen Hatanaka. It’s a fairly standard opposites book with a few words on each page designating each opposite: big/small, far/near, etc. the real charm in this book is the mid-century modern style of illustration with simple blocks of muted yet pleasant colors to create each scene. It was a short read, but JJ liked it a lot.