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!

With Any Luck, I’ll Drive A Truck (David Friend)

Hello, everyone! Today, we read With Any Luck, I’ll Drive A Truck, written by David Friend and illustrated by Michael Rex, a rhyming story that introduces young readers to all manner of things that go! As the narrator tells a story of all the large vehicles he has driven (since the age of two!), detailed illustrations of forklifts, dump trucks and wrecking balls show what each vehicle looks like.

This book had a nice rhyme scheme, some really great and exceptionally detailed illustrations of all the vehicles and even a really fun twist near the end. The length is great, too, and it would be a fantastic book for baby bookworms who love all things vehicle-related – which, unfortunately, JJ is not! She’s never been crazy about the subject matter, so admittedly, she zoned out pretty early. So I would have to say that while this book may not have a broader appeal to young readers, fans of heavy machinery and big, rumbly vehicles would adore it. Baby Bookworm approved!

Good Night, Truck (Sally Odgers)


Summer Reading Day 43: JJ had a tough day today, she had her one-year checkup, including blood tests and vaccinations ☹️ After that and swim class, we wanted to pick a nice calm book to read before bed, so today we read Good Night, Truck by Sally Odgers. This is a really sweet bedtime story about vehicles (tractor, rocketship, etc): what they do during the day, then where they “sleep” at night. It’s perfect for the little one who is into large vehicles! It’s a good length, the rhymes and illustrations are super cute, and it has a positively adorable twist ending. Thumbs up!