CLINK, CLANK, CLUNK! by Miriam Aroner


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Age Range: 2 - 6


A catastrophic clunker of a car stars in this jovial, cumulative tale. It’s a lovely day; Rabbit decides to take a spin into town. Along the way, an increasing company of friends joins him: squirrel, mole, porcupine, skunk. With each new passenger, Rabbit’s junker offers a protest: It sizzles; it belches smoke; it sheds parts; finally, it gives up the ghost. Sweat not, Rabbit—what are friends for but to give a push? Catalano’s pastels are alive, warmly unctuous and can set a scene: a double-page spread with a text-box on one side and a spot of Rabbit describing the latest calamity on the other. He’s a poet, of sorts, too. Some rhymes are obvious and will be fun for the quite young, but there are also some off-beat syncopations—sometimes working internally, sometimes slipping a line or two before nailing the corresponding sounds—that will bring pleasure to more sophisticated readers. Best are the various boings, fizzles, squeaks and thunks that emanate from the “hunk-o-junk.” A terrific traveling companion for John Burningham’s Mr. Gumpy’s Outing (1971). (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 31st, 2006
ISBN: 1-59078-270-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2006


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