SPUTTER, SPUTTER, SPUT! by Babs Bell

SPUTTER, SPUTTER, SPUT!

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 5

KIRKUS REVIEW

In a tale for tots with topical overtones, an enthusiastic young driver in a toylike red auto goes Zoom! Vroom! Zoom! up and down over winding roads through town and country—until (see title) the trip ends abruptly: “The other cars around me pass. / I think my car is out of gas.” A quick fill-up later—from pumps that offer a choice of “Pricey” or “Extra-Pricey”—the little car is good to go, chugging off “right out of town.” Staake’s stylized illustrations feature bright colors and big, simple, eye-catching geometric shapes, pushing the minimal narrative into the back seat, but armchair motorists will have no trouble following the car as it tootles along a big black road that snakes across the spreads. Outsized round heads with perfectly round eyes and tiny mouths convey a remarkable range of expressions as the car stops and goes. Chris Demarest’s My Little Red Car (1992) makes a natural continuation for the joyride. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-056222-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2008




MORE BY BOB STAAKE

ChildrenTOYS GALORE by Peter Stein
by Peter Stein
ChildrenBLUEBIRD by Bob Staake
by Bob Staake
ChildrenLOOK! ANOTHER BOOK! by Bob Staake
by Bob Staake

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenNOODLE LOVES TO DRIVE by Nosy Crow
by Nosy Crow