Car goes far

Michael Garland, 1952-

Book - 2013

After an adventure, a shiny, clean car is in desperate need of a wash.

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Readers (Publications)
New York : Holiday House c2013.
1st ed
Physical Description
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Main Author
Michael Garland, 1952- (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Car—a shiny red coupe with headlight eyes, a hood ornament nose, and a smiling grille—looks good setting off on an adventure. But soon the proud auto is spattered with mud (courtesy of a front loader), engulfed in smoky exhaust (thanks to an egg truck), and covered in bird poop. The solution is a car wash, of course—with lots of water, suds, a rub, and a dry—enabling Car to return home looking good once more. The author of Fish Had a Wish (2012) offers another title in the I Like to Read series. The succinct text ("Car gets wet. / Splash, splash. / Car gets suds. / Car gets a rub. / Mmmmmm") is enhanced by Garland's eye-catching digital artwork. Car's facial expressions are particularly engaging and range from wide smiles to surprised "ohs" to angry snarls. A perfect choice for toddler story hours or beginning readers. Pair with Sandra Steen and Susan Steen's Car Wash (2001) or Lisa Campbell Ernst's This Is the Van That Dad Cleaned (2005). Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—What begins as a trip to a burger joint turns into disaster for a shiny red car. In a series of misadventures, it deals with dirt flung on it from a construction zone, smoke from a truck, and a flock of pigeons causing havoc with its beautiful exterior. The car's animated expression conveys sheer horror at its messy appearance until it makes a welcome trip to the car wash. There are only a few words to reinforce the action on each page; spreads created through digital media maintain focus on the vehicle at all times. Both lively facial features and succinct word choices clearly capture its perspective. "Car gets wet./Splash, splash./Car gets suds./Car gets a rub./Mmmmmmm." The spare text relies on repetition in the brief narrative. No need to putter along here; this entry in the series features a straightforward plot for those just beginning to read.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC [Page 130]. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After an adventure, a shiny, clean car is in desperate need of a wash.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Splash! Splash! Car gets wet and soapy as he goes through the car wash. He's had a big adventure today. His shiny paint got dirtier and dirtier as he drove all over town—first with mud from a construction site, then from exhaust, and finally from a flock of birds. At the end of his big day, a bath is just what this little car needs. Michael Garland's bright and bold art features lots of different vehicles, from diggers to big trucks, making this book just right for young car enthusiasts learning how to read. An I Like to Read® picture book. Guided Reading Level D.