TAKE A RIDE BY MY SIDE by Jonathan Ying

TAKE A RIDE BY MY SIDE

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A cat and a dog, a charming interspecies couple, embark on a rhyming travel adventure employing various modes of transportation.

Bags packed and ready to go, the dog declares, “The sun is shining—what a day! / Grab your bags. Let’s go away!” The dog, clad confidently in a bow tie (and nothing else) leads the way as the cat follows and questions each destination. “We’ll take a trip! / A trip to where? / Let’s take a trip from here to there.” (The text consists entirely of dialogue, with changes in voice cued by a change in typeface.) They start out on a hike, then, at the cat’s suggestion, switch to a bike with a sidecar. When they arrive at a broken bridge, they change to a canoe and then a tugboat, move below to a submarine, above to an airplane, and finally blast off in a rocket to the moon. Back on Earth and at home, the two recollect their trip contentedly, framed photos on the wall memorializing special moments. Simple, black-outlined cartoons depict this extended expedition, while the rhyming story offers just enough drama and excitement for preschoolers. As any two amiable friends might play, the cat here is happy to be knowledgably guided by its capable fellow traveler while their imaginations take them beyond the playroom.

A good time! (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: April 24th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-238070-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2018




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