Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Review: Everything Goes On Land

Author/Illustrator: Brian Biggs
Publisher:  Balzer & Bray/Harper Collins (September 13, 2011)
Source: Copy for Review
Audience: Ages 4 to 7
Fiction * Interactive Concept Book * Vehicles

Description from Publisher:
Cars and trucks and bikes and trains! Rvs and construction vehicles too! Everything goes Ride along with Henry and his dad as they visit the big city and check out all the amazing vehicles around them. Full of mini-story lines, endless seek-and-find activities, and hundreds of funny details, Everything Goes: On Land is an interactive book that provides hours of fun!

My thoughts on the book:
Some books make excellent read alouds. Other books are perfect for curling up in a chair and reading alone or with 1 or 2 friends.  Everything Goes: On Land is the later.  Even though the book is oversized and there are lots of larger illustrations, there is just so much wonderful details that children are going to want to linger over this one.  I can see an older child sitting with a younger child, heads bent over the book, finding numbers, or examining the various vehicles.

When I first sat with this book, my brain immediately thought back to the old Richard Scarry books, and when I looked at Brian Biggs' website, I noticed that he was a fan of them as well.  If you can improve on Scarry's work, then Biggs has done it.  I loved that the two page spreads with lots of detail were broken up with two page spreads on a particular mode of transportation.  For example, you will have a two page spread with lots of different kinds of bicycles followed by a two page spread with an individual bike and labels for all of the parts of the bicycle.  And there is a fun surprise towards the end. 

This will be a hit with preschool and primary grade students but I do expect to find older children pulling this one off the shelf.

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