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The No. 1 Car Spotter

by Atinuke 
Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Published by U.S. edition: Kane Miller, 2011
110 pages
ISBN: pbk 978𢴔10670517

Ages 6-9

Oluwalase Babatunde Benson can identify the make and model of most vehicles that pass on the road by his village by sound alone梐 skill he clearly has learned at his grandfather抯 side. Hence his nickname: No. 1 Car Spotter. Many of the adults from No. 1抯 village, including his father, have gone to the city to earn money to help support their families. No. 1 lives with his mother, aunt, and grandparents in his family抯 compound. Like the other children in his village, he helps tend goats, sell goods at market, and does many other chores. Still, No. 1 is happy to avoid work when he can. But when a crisis strikes, No. 1抯 creative problem-solving fuels a delightful series of events comprising this short novel that showcases aspects of contemporary life in a rural African village, including the strong web of relationships among the people living there. (The specific country in which the story is set is referenced but never named.) Author Atinuke brings her lively storytelling voice and plenty of warmth and humor to the first book in this new series.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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