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Reviews for Cars and Trucks and Things that Go:

5

Nov 09, 2007

An entomological deconstruction of America's obsession with speed and motion. Poses the highway as a cite of disordered exchange and anxiety. The motorist is both weeping and laughing knowing disaster is inevitable. Trucks become pickles. Pickles become trucks. Hellish.
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February 10, 2014

Pages are missing
I bought this book to replace my worn out copy from when I was a kid. When I opened it and compared the two, I realized that 25 pages were missing, including the last two pages, so you never find out what Pa Pig bought at the toy store. This book is from a British publisher and some of the words in it are British terms as well. Make sure to look for the Golden Books version if you want all 69 pages.
5

Feb 21, 2015

I don't generally put children's books on Goodreads.

This is an exception because I have three boys, each eight years apart, and I have probably read this books a few hundred times, including at least once a day for the last few weeks.

It is amazing and awful at the same time. It takes forever to read because it is so involved and detailed, in addition to being 70 or so pages long. We have gone through a few copies, and my husband now refuses to read it because he says he would never bring it I don't generally put children's books on Goodreads.

This is an exception because I have three boys, each eight years apart, and I have probably read this books a few hundred times, including at least once a day for the last few weeks.

It is amazing and awful at the same time. It takes forever to read because it is so involved and detailed, in addition to being 70 or so pages long. We have gone through a few copies, and my husband now refuses to read it because he says he would never bring it into the house again. But, I had to. They just love it so much.

My favorite thing regarding this book, though, is when my 19yo son reads it to my 3yo -- because once a day from me is not nearly enough of Ma and Pa and Pickles and Penny Pig and all the other things that go.

Sweet revenge.

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5

May 12, 2015

Read this to both kids approximately 18 million times, looking for Goldbug on every page.

Mistress Mouse and her minuscule tow truck are the unsung heroes of intricate Busytown traffic.
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June 18, 2016

Paperback version is abridged
I bought the paperback version for traveling, since my son loves this book so much. It's been converted to British English (no problem), the fonts have been replaced (ugh), the images are a little squished and cut off (ugh), and at least a half dozen sets of pages have been cut!
5

Sep 07, 2019

Like many other children, my son is OBSESSED with vehicles. Wheels. Cars. Tyres. Trucks. Trains. Diggers... you get the idea. With that comes a propensity towards a certain type of book: non-fiction, diagrammatical, straightforward, terminology-based. Which is great, because that’s what he’s into. I try to jazz up these reads with ad-libbed extra factoids and fun traffic noises. But after the tenth or eleventh such book on its twentieth or thirtieth reading, I am done. Reading labelled engine Like many other children, my son is OBSESSED with vehicles. Wheels. Cars. Tyres. Trucks. Trains. Diggers... you get the idea. With that comes a propensity towards a certain type of book: non-fiction, diagrammatical, straightforward, terminology-based. Which is great, because that’s what he’s into. I try to jazz up these reads with ad-libbed extra factoids and fun traffic noises. But after the tenth or eleventh such book on its twentieth or thirtieth reading, I am done. Reading labelled engine parts does get a little dry after a while. If only there were another way... cue Richard Scarry. Who I can’t thank enough for his refreshing take on the genre.

Combining information, mockumentary, eye spy and story in equal measure, Cars and Trucks and Things that Go is the solution to boring-vehicle-book fatigue. The busy pages are crammed full of labelled illustrations of every mode of transport you could imagine (and loads of new vocabulary to learn, even for young vehicle experts!) These are accompanied by two main stories: one of a (pig) family on a journey to a picnic, and another of a (cat) police officer chasing a terrible (dog) driver. Many exciting subplots ensue along the way, including a detour through the airport and a car on fire.

The language used addresses the child head-on and involves them in the action: “Look!”, “Now what?”, “Oh no!” On every page are questions and puzzles that encourage close observation of the details. The humour is just fantastic. I enjoy the surreal pies, melons and pickles that I recognise from Scarry’s other books. My son prefers the doughnut car and “Auntie Pastry”, which have both resulted in much hilarity.

Props to Scarry for including some female characters, and not just prissy ones. The badass police officer, the mechanic who repairs trucks, the driver of a sports car. Ma puts the snow chains on and Grandma owns a farm and operates a tractor. This representation is so important. Richard Scarry was ahead of his time, and again, I’m grateful for that.

My son adores this book, is invested in the story and is engaged in learning more about his favourite subject. Most importantly, he finds it a lot of fun (and less importantly, so do I!) Scarry has not put a foot wrong here, and both myself and my son would highly recommend. ...more
4

Aug 31, 2018

I keep wanting to buy books as presents for toddlers I know, but then when I get to the bookstore, I draw a blank on which books have really been a hit with Leo and me. So I'm going to put a few books on a shelf here to remind myself, for when I need to buy books for kids.

I remember reading Richard Scarry to a child I babysat for in high school, but I still let this book sit on our shelf for a while unread. We discovered it a few weeks ago, and we're kind of blown away by it (well, I am.) There I keep wanting to buy books as presents for toddlers I know, but then when I get to the bookstore, I draw a blank on which books have really been a hit with Leo and me. So I'm going to put a few books on a shelf here to remind myself, for when I need to buy books for kids.

I remember reading Richard Scarry to a child I babysat for in high school, but I still let this book sit on our shelf for a while unread. We discovered it a few weeks ago, and we're kind of blown away by it (well, I am.) There is just so much to discover in this book, and so many Easter eggs to find. I also feel like it's really right-brained. You can read it however you want to. Just lounge around on one page for ten minutes and then hit some other random page. We've worked on it for several weeks and I think I've only gotten to the last page once. Anyway, I just find this book so charming. Leo spent a week obsessed with how, on the second page, Dingo Dog runs over the parking meters. First he had to understand what it was all about. What are parking meters? Why does Officer Flossie have a bicycle? etc. Then, he just thought it was hysterically funny that Dingo Dog was RUNNING OVER PARKING METERS! Dingo Dog! We don't run over parking meters!! We put money in parking meters!

I haven't tried any other Richard Scarry books yet, so can't compare. I do think I'd especially go out of my way to buy this for a child with a particularly visual or right-brained parent. for ages 2,3&4. ...more
5

Jan 05, 2019

This is the coolest classic storybook!! So many things are happening on each page, it truly encourages a dialogue with your little person and a keen eye to seek out that silly Goldbug hiding on each page. It took us three sittings to finish this book, but it was worth it to see if Officer Flossy ever caught up to that rascally Dingo Dog!
4

Mar 12, 2017

I read this to my son almost every night. He loves finding goldbug on every page.
5

Jul 01, 2017

Haven't read the book we just flipped through it naming most of the cars. There is just so much in this book, we'll have to revisit it a couple times before we can finish the whole thing. :)
5

Aug 02, 2011

This is currently my 2-year-old son's favorite book, so I'm reading it every day. Figured I'd better mark it down here. I know he is following in good footsteps since it was also one of my favorites at his age. Goldbug is on every page and he can find him immediately. I'm very proud.
Here are some highlights:
"bug!" - any bug, not just Goldbug.
"uh-oh!" - a car is on its side, or upside down.
"oh no!" - there is a big accident.
"that car" - whatever car Goldbug is in.
"truck!" - there are a lot of This is currently my 2-year-old son's favorite book, so I'm reading it every day. Figured I'd better mark it down here. I know he is following in good footsteps since it was also one of my favorites at his age. Goldbug is on every page and he can find him immediately. I'm very proud.
Here are some highlights:
"bug!" - any bug, not just Goldbug.
"uh-oh!" - a car is on its side, or upside down.
"oh no!" - there is a big accident.
"that car" - whatever car Goldbug is in.
"truck!" - there are a lot of trucks. Spoiler alert!
"teeth!" - one of the cars looks like a toothbrush.
"draw car!" - one of the cars looks like a crayon.
"pig", "dog", "cat" - common sightings.

In conclusion, this is a wonderful book to read to your own toddler. Enjoy! But don't blame me if you read it A LOT. ...more
5

Nov 16, 2010

This was one of the books my parents read to me and my brother when we were very young. It is interesting to see how non-linear this book is. The story is very loose, and the pages are very busy. I had a lot of fun finding Goldbug on each page. Probably the strangest thing for me was opening the book and getting a whiff of the way it smelled. It smelled the same as it did over 25 years ago. It was a surreal experience. I was looking for nostalgia and found it with this book. Good stuff.
5

Jul 26, 2014

This is our breakfast companion book, known to my son as 'huge book'. It is a 'huge' book, filled with many illustrations of Scarry's imagined (and some real) trucks, planes, trains, and vehicles of all kinds. He loves having me read the story, looking for the hidden 'Goldbug' in each page spread, and coming up with his own names for the vehicles. Lots to look at, like most of Scarry's books, so we spend a lot of time with it. This was originally a library pick, that got renewed a few times, This is our breakfast companion book, known to my son as 'huge book'. It is a 'huge' book, filled with many illustrations of Scarry's imagined (and some real) trucks, planes, trains, and vehicles of all kinds. He loves having me read the story, looking for the hidden 'Goldbug' in each page spread, and coming up with his own names for the vehicles. Lots to look at, like most of Scarry's books, so we spend a lot of time with it. This was originally a library pick, that got renewed a few times, then finally purchased! ...more
2

May 02, 2009

This book is a delight, surprising in its level of real humor. The ambience created by the diverse cars on the highway and the scenes that they pass is something special, and I find that this Richard Scarry book holds up very nicely over time. My family and I have been determinedly searching for Goldbug in these pages from as far back as I can remember. This book is inextricably tied to a lot of good memories for me, but it stands up quite well independent of those memories, too.
5

Aug 04, 2011

My five year old can find Gold Bug better than me, and I am assuming it is due to some sort of childhood golden innocence, and that when she gets jaded and has a few dreams crushed, the little guy will get harder and harder to see until he finally disappears on the page.

Nothing Gold Can Stay(?) I will do my best to help the golden critter of wonder stay in both of our lives.
5

Sep 24, 2009

There is no better book to read with a child than this. Lay down on your tummies and flip through the pages, looking for Goldbug and enjoying the trip along with the Pig family. It's fun to point out different things going on on the wildly busy pages! Thank heaven for Richard Scarry!
5

Aug 28, 2013

I spent hours reading this to my kids. In case you didn't know, gold bug is on every busy page. A wonderful book to read to a curious toddler to pre-schooler.
5

Aug 03, 2015

I remembered this one from childhood, and my kid also loves it. Lots to look at and talk about on each page. And of course finding Goldbug is fun!
5

Aug 03, 2017

We are always looking for Goldbug, but what is Goldbug looking for?
5

May 2, 2010

For The Car and Truck Obsessed
I heard about this book from some friends whose boys are all grown up now. They said that it was their car and truck obsessed sons favorite book by far and can still recite it's pages after all these many years. I took the chance and bought it for my car and truck obsessed 2 1/2 year old grandson and gave it to him on a recent two week visit to his house. I bet he requested that we read that book fifty times, at least. Before I could get the next page turned he was already looking for Goldbug and pointing to, and naming, his favorite vehicles. Since it is a British book there are a few oddities but I substituted my own version when needed. When we find Goldbug on the page with the jet airplane, I commented that Goldbug was in first class and now he repeats it each time we read it and it always gets a chuckle. I would suggest this book for any child who is really into cars and trucks....and things that go.
4

July 7, 2019

Different versions
Great color and drawings; great for kids. BUT be aware there are UK & US versions, that at first glance look alike, but the UK version , that calls "trucks", "lorries" etc,. might drive your poor little kid crazy!
4

June 26, 2019

Not what I thought I ordered
The book is paperback, large size. I intended to order a hardback but apparently got confused. However, the book is brand new, same size as the hardback edition. That said, little ones, for whom the book is written, would have a hard time holding it open to pore over.
5

June 7, 2016

my toddler learned to love books with Richard Scarry books
my 2.5 year old has so far had little interest in reading stories in books. we found this and he love love loves it. he wants to look and talk about it all the time. After a little while he started getting other books and enjoys now reading stories in other books.
5

September 6, 2017

Great book to read to the grandkids.
Richard Scary books for kids of all ages, especially ones who like to be read to and identity things on the page.
5

February 27, 2007

Buying Yet Another Copy!
Like the previous review, our copy has been loved to death! It is unfortunate that this book appears to be out of print . . . I would love to get a brand new copy. Our boys have just worn our copy out. Would love to buy new copies to give as baby gifts for boys. Truth be told, I am so tired of reading this book again & again . . . but they adore it.

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