Today, my son developed a reaction to his 'flu inoculation. He was miserable. To cheer him up, I gave him a new book: Cars Galore. It worked; he was cheered up, briefly.
Cars Galore is a really fun read. It is exactly the sort of book I would have chosen for Toddler/Preschooler story time at the library. It reads as if Peter Stein wrote it by reading it out loud to a four-year-old. It is silly, funny and packed with visual words and onomatopoeia. And now I love it even more because I got to use the word "onomatopoeia" in a review.
I love everything about Bob Staake's artwork for this book, from the cover, to the end papers, to every illustration inside. Again, this would be a perfect book for story time, not just because of the text but because illustration stands out and could easily be seen from a distance. It is silly, funny, visually appealing, and if there were a word to describe artwork like "onomatopoeia", I'd use it.