In our busy world, people seem to always be on the go. Young children will enjoy these books about the various real and pretend ways people can travel from one place to another.
“Dizzy Izzy” by Jon Scieszka, Illustrations by David Shannon, Loren Long, & David Gordon, 2010, Simon Spotlight, ages 3-6. Izzy the ice cream truck loves to get dizzy, so he tries loops, spins, and skids during his ice cream deliveries. Jon Scieszka, known for his outrageously funny books, has developed a series of Trucktown books about various vehicles and their zany antics. These books appeal to young children because of the colorful illustrations and simple text with lots of action words.
“Cars and Trucks and Things That Go” by Richard Scarry, 1974/2014, A Golden Book, ages 3-7.
What starts off as a simple car trip to the beach for the Pig family turns into a case full of mayhem as vehicles of various sizes, colors, and styles, including a pickle car, a broom-o-cycle, and a cheese truck are on the go. Parents and grandparents may remember Richard Scarry’s detailed illustrations and animal characters. Children and those who read with them can read these books many times and find features that previously went unnoticed. This 50th anniversary re-release of Scarry’s book of vehicles will bring pleasure to generations of readers.
“Things That Go” by Anita Ganeri and Mark Bergin, 2010, Kingfisher, ages 4-8.
The simple title of this book supports the inclusion of various types of transportation, including vehicles on the road, in the air, on the racetrack, and on the construction site. Information is shared through brief descriptions and labeled illustrations. As a book in the Flip the Flap series, each section includes a list of questions about the vehicles and answers are provided behind the flap, a good tool for promoting deeper thinking while reading.
“Planes Fly! By George Ella Lyon, Illustrated by Mick Wiggins, 2013, Simon & Schuster, ages 4-8.
Flying and airplanes hold a special mystery to children, and “Planes Fly!” provides information about various types of planes and their purposes. A poetic-style of text and bright illustrations will capture the attention of children. Airplane vocabulary, such as controller, ailerons, and skywriters will expand children’s knowledge of these giants of the sky.
“Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems” by J. Patrick Lewis and Douglas Florian, Illustrations by Jeremy Holmes, 2014, Schwartz & Wade Books, ages 4-8.
Imagine cars of the future, possibly a bathtub limousine, a high-heeled car, or a banana split car. This collection of quirky poems about futuristic cars will spark wonder and questions about possibilities. Detailed illustrations in muted tones seem to bring these inventive cars to life. The author, Lewis, was the U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate for 2011-2013. Illustrators Florian (“Insectlopedia”) and Holmes (“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”) are known for their best selling and prize-winning works.
Reviewed and photo by Elizabeth Dobler