Things that go, a cat to find, cheerful colors, and slight text make a board book that will engage young readers.
Surprisingly complex scenes created entirely from clay show off a variety of wheeled vehicles: a train, a farm tractor, construction equipment, race cars, a fire truck, and a school bus. Additional vehicles not mentioned in the rhyming text are included on several spreads. Dingeldein draws on her experience as an art clay teacher for young children at her hometown Richmond Art Museum in Indiana, and her own cat modeled for Walter. She makes her own dough, so the colors are more intense than those available from commercial sources, facilitating Walter’s fluid relationship to reality. Readers first meet Walter in a green playroom with a purple, yellow, and black toy train. In the next scene, Walter is aboard a pink and yellow train while passengers wait on a station bench. Walter is on every page—sometimes prominently, sometimes hidden. The rhyming couplets, separated by a page turn, do not always flow. No matter; children will interrupt the verse to study the details and look for Walter.
Young children will be happy to find this feline and his wheels again and again. (Board book. 1-3)