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Rattletrap Car

by Phyllis Root

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I had slightly mixed feelings about this one. Loved the shape of the story: the constant stops and starts, each character taking a turn at providing the solution and keeping the car—and the story—moving forward. The rhythm and repetition was great too, and this would obviously be such a fun read-aloud. My hesitation is mostly about the actual solutions to the car troubles. Of course, yes, it’s a silly book, but it seemed like such an odd mix of realistic and completely unrealistic. Everything seems real-worldly except that the car can be kept going with a beach ball wheel, a razzleberry fizz gas tank, etc. I just wasn’t sure the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy worked for me, perhaps because it didn’t seem clearly to be either one or the other. I also didn’t particularly like that there were just occasional lines of rhyme. It kept making me wish for either more rhyme, or none at all. ( )
  michelleknudsen | Dec 6, 2009 |
Okay, so this book is not really very realistic. You can't really replace wheels with beach balls or engines with toy boats.

But it's fun to pretend you can when reading :)

And anyway, this book is such a delight to read aloud that I don't suppose it matters about the family's unorthodox method of transport. I mean, try to say this out loud without grinning:

Poppa turned the key
brum, brum, brum, brum.
Flippita fluppita
fizzelly sizzelly
wappity bappity
lumpety bumpety
clinkety clankety
bing bang
POP!

You can't do it. You just can't. If you buy this only for the fun of reading a few of those lines aloud, it's money well spent. ( )
  conuly | Nov 15, 2009 |
A book that uses rhymes and alliteration to tell the story of a car that is falling to pieces and the inventive family that keep it together so that they can get to the lake on a very hot day.

Nice to see a book where the one parent shown is a man rather than a woman - nothing wrong with intimating that Dads can look after the kids! ( )
  ForrestFamily | Nov 18, 2008 |
Family tries to go on an outing but the car acts up. With MacGyver like resourcefulness, they use what they brought with them to fix the car. Reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, without the catchy tune. ( )
  MrsBond | Oct 12, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763620076, Paperback)

"A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz." — BOOKLIST

It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it there in their rattletrap car? It doesn’t go fast, and it doesn’t go far — but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind-up, paddle-wheel boat, they’re off to the lake where it’s cool, cool, cool! Phyllis Root’s wonderfully inventive wordplay and Jill Barton’s spirited, expressive illustrations make this a read-aloud road trip to remember.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:25:56 -0400)

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Various disasters threaten to stop Poppa and the children from getting to the lake in their rattletrap car, but they manage to come up with an ingenious solution to each problem.

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Candlewick Press

Two editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 0763620076, 0763641391

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