Splatter! Splosh! The twins are on their way to get lunch with their dad when they drive through a muddy puddle. It's not lunchtime anymore, it's time for a CAR WASH! Close the hatch. Submarine. Going down. Inside the foamy sea of the car wash, giant octopus arms grab the car, a sea monster sneaks up from behind, and a tidal wave almost washes them away! Snappy text and G. Brian Karas's charming illustrations make this trip to the car wash a memorable one.
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
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PreS-Gr 2-This delightful picture book begins before the title page, as a father and two children get into their car to head out to lunch. However, a run-in with a huge mud puddle necessitates a stop at the car wash. As they enter, the children imagine that they are descending into the ocean in a submarine and immediately "Close hatch" (the car's sunroof). Inside, the different cleaning mechanisms become sea creatures, from "Coral reef" sponges to the "Giant arms" of the cloth "Octopus" to "Seaweed" brushes. After escaping the "Hurricane" of the rinse cycle, the vehicle passes through the "Red-hot breath" and finally ascends into the outside world. Then it's on to the fast-food restaurant and lunch-only to spill food all over the clean car. The rhythmic text emulates the relentless beat of a car wash: "Windows up. Engine off. On track." Fashioned from gouache, acrylics, pencil, and "some odds and ends," Karas's illustrations contrast sepia-toned scenes of the real world with vivid pinks, blues, and greens inside the car wash. Filled with clever touches, such as hot-pink fabric strips for the octopus legs and glass beads for water running down the windshield, these offbeat pictures provide a perfect counterpart to a story that is firmly rooted in a familiar experience. Creative, clever, and original, this offering is destined to be a hit in storytime or when shared one-on-one.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, Eldersburg, MDSUEN, Anastasia.
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Ages 2-6. The glorious slop of a car wash is captured in eye-popping collages and jolly play-by-play. The co-authors, twin sisters, place another set of twins, a brother and sister, in the family car with Dad, on the way to lunch. When mud spatters all over the car, Dad takes a detour to the car wash. Karas' imaginative, crazy re-creations of a car wash from a kid's perspective are great: the car becomes a submarine, and a bubbly sea, a coral reef of sponges, and a hurricane of blowing air appear outside the porthole. It's highly inventive fun that transforms a potentially frightening experience into an entertaining underwater adventure. Connie Fletcher
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Descrizione libro Scholastic. Paperback. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0439390702I5N00