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Everything Goes On Land
Contributor(s): Biggs, Brian
ISBN: 0061958093     ISBN-13: 9780061958090
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: September 2011
Annotation: Follows Henry and his father through the city as they see and talk about different vehicles, including bicycles, recreational vehicles, and trains.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Vehicles; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Transportation | Cars & Trucks
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2011019349
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Everything Goes
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 12.25" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (1.24 lbs) 56 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
Henry and his dad make their way through Richard Scarry esque double-page spreads packed with colorful cars and trucks and things that go. They discuss (via speech balloons) the different modes of transportation, from construction trucks to buses to subways. Biggs's illustrations, with strong black lines and rich colors, feature lots of visual jokes and mini-stories. A smorgasbord for young motorheads. Copyright 2012 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #6)
On a routine drive from the suburbs through the city to the train station, Henry and his dad make their way through Richard Scarry-esque double-page spreads packed with colorful cars and trucks and things that go. Each bustling cartoon tableau is a smorgasbord for young motorheads, busy and detailed but still accessible for those not ready for a Where's Waldo-type challenge. Amidst the dense city scenes, unobtrusive labels provide names for many of the vehicles and/or drivers (e.g., touring cycle, motorcycle gang, motocross bike), and a few speech balloons offer humorous asides ("A bird with a hat! Imagine that!") or commentary on the action. Throughout, Henry and his dad discuss (also via speech balloons) the different modes of transportation on display, from construction trucks to buses to subways. The forward motion idles on five spreads that feature up-close, labeled views of a car's inner workings, the interiors of an eighteen wheeler and an RV, and parts of a bike and a motorcycle. Biggs's illustrations, characterized by strong black lines and rich colors and with a groovy 1970s vibe (except for the cell phones and the bike helmets), feature lots of visual jokes and mini-stories to track throughout the book, which culminates in a jampacked double-gatefold spread. Keep on truckin'. kitty flynn Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 August #1)

Illustrator Biggs's first solo outing launches a transportation-based series with a cartooned survey of vehicles that populate the roads and rails. Using the framing device of Henry and his father driving to pick up Henry's mother at the train station, Biggs (the Brownie & Pearl series) creates a series of bustling landscapes full of vehicles, real and whimsical, which provide conversation fodder for father and son. Every few pages, Henry's questions prompt Biggs to break from the journey and zero in on a specific vehicle's components and capabilities, providing just enough detail to satisfy budding gearheads ("When you turn the key in the ignition, the battery sends a jolt of electricity to the motor that starts the car"). While it's too early to declare Biggs the next Richard Scarry or Martin Handford, this series has plenty of potential: Biggs has a cheery cartooning style that's reminiscent of R. Crumb and ideal for populating his oversized pages with a multitude of players and detail. With running visual jokes and mini-narratives adding to the fun, Biggs gives readers lots to take in and enjoy. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 November)

PreS-Gr 1—As they travel from their suburban home through busy city streets to pick up Mom at the train station, Henry and his dad observe bikes, cars and vans, motorcycles, RVs, service vehicles, and finally trains. This oversize book's double-page cartoons bustle with visual pep. Following the busy street scenes, Dad explains a type of vehicle in depth. Henry learns basically how a motor works and what amenities an RV offers. There's a continuing game for readers to find a bird wearing a hat. Fun and learning are ideally balanced in this engaging trek that will be revisited umpteen times before every tidbit of labeling, conversation, and oddity is discovered in this wealth of urban wheels.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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