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Ride by Stephen Gammell
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The book called Ride is about a family that goes on a drive in the car as a family. I love how the characters are similar to my family growing up. The dad agrees with the mom saying, “Good idea, Dear.” The mom is excited to take the drive in the car. The kids are grumbling and picking on each other in the backseat. The art depicts the character’s mood and feeling perfectly. You can feel the frustration of the siblings in the backseat. The pictures move us through the plot and each event as it gets more elaborate and more imaginative. Stephen Gammell even drew the text of the story. The placement of the pictures and words add motion to the words that are being thrown at the siblings. It does not seem like the mom even realizes what was going on as she turns around at the end of the book to offer food and sandwiches.
  edmundskr | Dec 3, 2011 |
The illustrations are done in pastels and watercolor and are abstract. It is the age old story of two siblings never ending fight in the back seat. Adults as well as kids will understand this immediately. The overall mood is negative and bleak however.
  sroeck | Apr 26, 2009 |
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Ahh, there's nothing like a nice Sunday drive with the family. But what's this we're hearing from the back seat? "Hey your foot is over!" "Well you're touching!" "Well you're a poopy face!" "Well you have booger breath!" Anyone who has ever taken a road trip with a sibling or two knows the routine. The brother and sister in Stephen Gammell's thrill-a-minute Ride warm up with the usual back-seat antics, a poke here, an insult there, and move quickly on to intergalactic intensity, as Brother blasts off Sister in a spaceship ("Hah... like I'm sorry I'll never see you again?"), prehistoric battle ("You watch out... you're about to be extinct!" "Phew... you already stinct!"), and good, old-fashioned dirty fighting, as Sis dumps the contents of a garbage truck on her brother.

Beware: here's where those epic car fights--the ones that have Mom saying "Do you want me to pull this car over right now?"--can lead, with enough imagination and ire. Stephen Gammell's pastel, pencil, and watercolor illustrations take delighted readers for a joy ride in this humorous and imaginative view of sibling squabbles. Gammell, who received the Caldecott Medal for Song and Dance Man, and the Caldecott Honor for The Relatives Came and Where the Buffaloes Begin, claims that what we see in this book never happened in the back seat of his parents' car when he was a kid. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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A brother and sister continually argue during the family's Sunday drive.

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