Saturday, January 4, 2014

Kid Konnection: Richard Scarry

Every Saturday, I host a feature called Kid Konnection -- a regular weekend feature about anything related to children's books. This week, I'm going to share with you a classic book from Richard Scarry.

Summary: The station wagon, the tow truck, the garbage truck and the bulldozer. Every manner of machinery that moves is riotously depicted in this classic favorite. As the pig family head to the beach for a picnic, they encounter every vehicle known, from the forklift to the locomotive, and many vehicles that are not as common, from the pumpkin car to the broom-o-cycle. Each detailed spread provides tremendous opportunity to make up stories and describe situations. Will Officer Flossy catch Dingo? Will Rollo Rabbit catch his runaway steamroller? And with literally hundreds of things to look at, youngsters will spend hours trying to find Goldbug on every page. -- Golden Books

I am really going to show my age this week because I was extremely excited when I received a copy of RICHARD SCARRY'S CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO. Believe it or not, it's the 40th anniversary of the release of this book. Time sure does fly!

I have fond memories of Richard Scarry books from when I was a kid, and I even managed to get my hands on a few special ones to share with my children.  My kids always enjoyed these books because there were so many things to see on each page. Personally, I enjoyed the animal characters and the mix of whimsical and realistic drawings.

In CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO, another generation of children will get to experience the magic of Richard Scarry. This book features a huge variety of vehicles and characters, and I'm pretty sure that most kids will be attracted to all of the action and details on each page. In addition to enjoying the illustrations and learning about planes, trains and other vehicles, children can also have fun searching for the Goldbug character on each page. 

While my kids are both past the target age for these books, I was still happy to learn that Random House is reissuing lots of Richard Scarry titles includes RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST BUNNY BOOK EVER!, RICHARD SCARRY'S NICKY GOES TO THE DOCTOR, RICHARD SCARRY'S PIE RATS AHOY, RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST NURSERY TALES EVER, and RICHARD SCARRY'S BUNNIES.

RICHARD SCARRY'S CARS AND TRUCKS AND THINGS THAT GO is a must-have addition to any child's library. Highly recommended if you are looking for a book that will keep kids busy for hours!

Thanks to the publisher for providing a review copy of this book.

If you'd like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children's books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, please leave a comment as well as a link below with your name/blog name and the title of the book! Feel free to grab the little button too!


Beth F said...

Oh gosh, I don't remember Richard Scarry -- either from my childhood (I'm too old, I think) or from those of my niece and nephew. I'll keep this in mind for gift-giving

Laura at Library of Clean Reads said...

We have fond memories of Richard Scarry too. His world was so funny and the illustrations in his books full of little details. I'm glad they're still publishing his books!

bermudaonion said...

Vance and Adam loved this books too. Adam wouldn't let you turn the page until he pointed out Lowly Worm. A lot of people use Scarry's books to help learn a new language.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Oh my gosh! When I sent the cover I recognized it too!