GO! GO! GO! by Nicola Bird


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Age Range: 0 - 2
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A transportation book for very young enthusiasts.

In bold colors and with blocky graphics, each double-page spread focuses on a different class of vehicle, such as cars, construction equipment, water vessels and flying machines. The right-hand side of the spread features a full-page image of a machine with a textural element embedded in the page. In the pithy text, readers are invited to touch the corrugated cardboard adorning an ambulance, the shiny foil embellishing a rocket, the mirrored portholes on the submarine and more. The left-hand side of the spread features smaller images of a variety of vehicles, each within a boldly colored or patterned panel. Onomatopoeic machine noises (“vroom!” “Wee-oo! Wee-oo!”) are strategically placed near each vehicle to simulate action. Additional phrases float throughout the panels and encourage readers to wave to the vehicles and the smiling passengers onboard. The line “Baby, say,” which appears in each left-hand corner of each spread, is the only unclear invitation. The cleverest gimmick is the die-cut tab in the shape of a vehicle indexing each page, which allows readers to easily turn the pages and return to their favorite scenes.

Young readers will enjoy perusing and playing with the pages independently or during lap reading sessions. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-42545-2
Page count: 10pp
Publisher: Cartwheel/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2012


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