Cars Galore written by Peter Stein and illustrated by Bob Staake

With Cars Galore Peter Stein has whipped up a rollicking rhyme about a crazy parade of cars that has perfectly matched illustrations from Bob Staake. If you haven't seen Staake's action filled Look! A Book!, you have to check it out. The pages are jam packed with things to look at and the rhyming text offers clues to objects hidden within the scenes. Cars Galore is a bit less action packed, but that gives the artwork room to really roam and to focus on the cars and the rhymes. 

With the pace of a Dr Seuss story, minus the made-up-words, Stein's rhymes fly by like some of the cars in Staake's kooky illustrations. Staake really runs with the story here, as his playful pictures show us bizarre cars (with wings, an umbrella, a Viking helmet and a jack-in-the-box) junky cars, sleeping cars and more. My favorite is the 100 foot Centipede car, below. 

You will find yourself practically singing the text as you read out loud about these cars that come in all shapes and sizes and even smells. However, I must warn parents - this book ends on a VERY frightening note when the narrator tells the listeners, "Someday YOU'LL drive!"

And, coming soon, BUG'S GALORE! Can't wait for that one...

For kids who love cars, or anyone with a BIG imagination, don't miss Chris Van Dusen's fabulous
If I Built a Car.


eparker174 said…
Cars galore looks like it is right up my boys alley, I will check my library immediately. I'm glad you mentioned If I Built a Car. I purchased it almost 2 years ago and it is still in constant rotation. It is such an imaginative book and even after all this time, the boys will still discover something new in the wonderful illustrations.
Tanya said…
Yes! Chris Van Dusen is AMAZING!! If you haven't seen his picture book you MUST find it for your boys. It made my "Best PIcture Books of 2009" list and I read it over and over at story time at the bookstore. There is one fabulous two page spread where all the animals (16, I think) are hiding from the circus owner that is so clever. I think it's coming out in paperback in the fall from Candlewick.
eparker174 said…
yes tanya. You are referring to "the circus ship" and we own it along with "down to the sea with mr. magee" and "camping spree with mr. magee." I haven't decided whether I want to purchase "Learning to ski with mr. magee." Mr. Magee and his dog Dee first makes an appearance in If I Built a Car when the car drives into the water. Van Dusen's illustrations are so bright and retro. The kids so love finding the animals who are hidden in plain sight in the Circus Ship. These books have become my signature gifts to kids and they are always loved!
Tanya said…
Oh my gosh! I did not know that Mr McGee and Dee are in "Car." I love it when illustrators/authors reference themselves! Renata Liwska has characters in one book reading her other books. David Shannon always puts his dog Fergus in EVERY book. He's very fun to find in "Too Many Toys." Chris Van Allsburg always has a Bull Terrier in his books. I am so glad to hear that you appreciate his books and give them as gifts! Good taste!
Jeremy said…
Perhaps I've said it before, but I cannot tolerate Van Dusen's wretched rhyming...however, I love his illustrations, so I simply change the words on the fly.

But what I really came to say was thanks for this initial recommendation -- my four-year old LOVES Cars Galore.
Tanya said…
Excellent! You have to check out Staake's Look! A Book! - it makes the most of his detail-packed illustrations!

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