Honk! Splat! Vroom!
by Barry Gott
Written almost entirely in onomatopoeia, this picture book follows five mice in tiny,... read more
Written almost entirely in onomatopoeia, this picture book follows five mice in tiny, different-colored racecars. When they take off at the starting line in the grassy outdoors (“Vroom!”), the mouse in the blue car is left sneezing in the dust. But when the four lead mice get stuck in a mud puddle (“Splat! Splat! Splat! Splat!”) the blue mouse uses them as stepping stones (“Boink! Boink! Boink! Boink!”). Briefly in the lead, the blue mouse tumbles into a creek and thinks it’s all over, but he’s assisted by a passing goose. Meanwhile, the four others retake the lead but are waylaid and nearly eaten by a cat, until blue mouse and the goose come to their rescue. The life-threatening race has taught the mice to be better sports, and they all cross the finish line together. With spare but expressive text that varies in size and boldness, this story is loads of fun and carries a clearly communicated, but not preachy, message of cooperation. (Ages 2–5)
© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019
Year Published 2018
- Text Complexity
- Lexile Level: Currently Not Available
- ATOS Reading Level: Currently Not Available
- Curricular Area
- English Language Arts
- Subject Headings
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Automobile racing
- Automobile racing--Fiction
- Sounds, Words for--Fiction
- Sounds, Words for
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Cats
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Games - General
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Ducks, Geese, etc.
- Children's Books/Ages 4-8 Fiction
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