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Bob and His No. 1 Van

by Jessica  Spanyol

Published by Candlewick, 2008
20 pages
ISBN: 978-0763637446

Ages 3-5

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Come and meet the MiniBugs! Bob, Clemence, Giorgio, and Keith are the title-featured roadsters in a new series of remarkable board books. Each title begins with a detailed description of the driver and his chariot of choice: “Come and meet a friendly MiniBug named Keith. ‘Hello Keith.’ Keith really likes drinking milk, doing stunts, and driving fast. Today Keith is going to play games with this Super-Stunt Rally Racer. It has lots of special features.” Arrows and captions draw special attention to the technical and personalized qualities of each vehicle. For example, Giorgio’s star crane train has a hook, a winch, and a cable while Clemence’s fire engine has a secret drawer for a blanket. Buckle your safety belt because once the MiniBugs get rolling, you never know what will happen. Whether it’s a round of crash and splash with Giorgio and his paint cans, a concert of joyously loud honking with Bob, stunt jumping with Keith, or playing hose-down with Clemence, these MiniBugs know how to have some four-wheeled fun. There’s no road rage here—just a lot of smashes and crashes as the MiniBugs exercise maximum speed and exude good cheer. A supportive community of MiniBug transportation enthusiasts shout praise and encouragement. Stacie on her penny farthing says, “You can do it Keith!” as he makes a big jump. Mr. Thorton-Jones tells Clemence that his bumper is looking good. Clearly modeled after children’s imaginative play with toy vehicles, Jessica Spanyol’s charming illustrations and hand-drawn lettering have never made driving look so exciting. (TM) ©2008 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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