Bumber to Bumber

Annie Owen, Author
Annie Owen, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $12.95 (24p) ISBN 978-0-679-81448-1
Hardcover - 22 pages - 978-0-679-91448-8
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After a family loads presents and a birthday cake into their station wagon, they ``join the traffic on Highway 8.'' Lively spreads consisting of three lanes full of trucks, cars, bikes, motorcycles and buses provide nonstop commotion until: ``At last! We're here.'' Little ones will relish the many noises indicated as these vehicles ``vroom,'' ``rumble'' and ``chugga.''A laundry truck is trapped behind a convertible (``wooosh''), a cycling delivery lady (``tingaling'') is wedged between a van and a limousine, a cement mixer (``phut phut'') tails a tractor-towing gardening truck, and a flock of wayward sheep cause no end of problems. There is much to look at in this seemingly endless cavalcade; Owens's brief, breezy text points out a few highlights but leaves much of the delightful work to the reader. Repeated viewings of this jolly journey--where are mom and the kids now ?--yield countless sparkling details. Ages 3-6 . (Mar.)
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