Car Goes Far

illus. by author. 32p. (I Like To Read Series). Holiday House. Apr. 2013. RTE $14.95. ISBN 978-0-8234-2598-3. LC 201104907.
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

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