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My car / written and illustrated by Byron Barton.

Barton, Byron. (Author).
Book Book (2001.)
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Publisher: New York : Greenwillow Books, 2001.
17 of 20 copies available at NOBLE (All Libraries).
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  • ISBN: 0060296240 (trade)
  • ISBN: 9780060296247 (trade)
  • ISBN: 0060296259 (lib. bdg.) :
  • ISBN: 9780060296254 (lib. bdg.)
  • Edition: 1st ed.
Summary: Sam describes in loving detail his car and how he drives it.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 July 2001
    /*Starred Review*/ Ages 2-4. This is a simple picture book, simple in the best sense. Each illustration is distilled to the essence of its graphic forms. Boldly shaped blocks of brilliant colors combine to make recognizable figures and objects, which in turn create dynamic scenes that illustrate the first-person narrative. The story is simple too, short enough to engage a toddler, yet with a nice twist at the end. The narrator introduces his car and its many useful features and he demonstrates how carefully he drives--stopping for pedestrians, reading signs. The twist comes when he explains that he drives his car to work where he boards a bus: he's the driver. Those who equate simple with easy or dull will be delighted with the colors, shapes, and composition that Barton manipulates so playfully and so precisely. Sometimes electric combinations of colors set up visual effects that keep the eyes in motion over the double-page spreads. In more peaceful pictures, perfectly placed elements of the design create pleasing effects reminiscent of a collage by Matisse. For young children intrigued by cars, this book is simply wonderful. ((Reviewed July 2001))Copyright 2001 Booklist Reviews
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2001 July #1
    With just a few words per page, Barton (Machines at Work) manages to convey simple car facts and an ending with a twist. "I am Sam/ This is my car," begin the first two spreads. Sam adores his red Beetle-esque car (it comically mirrors his own chunky physique), and he takes all the responsibilities of ownership seriously from maintenance ("My car needs oil/ and a full tank of gasoline") to obeying the traffic laws ("I stop for pedestrians"). Like any car buff, he loves to explain how his automobile works. "My car has lights to see at night," accompanies a painting of Sam driving under a starry sky as the headlights illuminate the typography. On the next page, Sam adds, the car also has "windshield wipers to see in the rain" a lovely scene that Barton renders from the perspective of the car hood, so that readers gaze at the reassuringly unfazed Sam through a curtain of silvery blue drops. Youngsters will be heartened to know that even when Sam goes to work, he gets to stay behind a wheel: he's a bus driver. Barton's world looks as if it were assembled from a toddler's collection of brightly colored building blocks, while his minimalist text has a plainspoken eloquence and subtle rhythm that will survive countless readings. Ages 2-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2004 July #3
    "With just a few words per page, Barton conveys simple car facts as he follows Sam at the wheel, then supplies an ending with a twist. The chunky blocks of color and minimalist text will withstand countless readings," wrote PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 2-up. (Aug) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2001 August
    PreS-Sam takes good care of his bright red car. He keeps it clean and makes sure that it has oil and gasoline. He also obeys the traffic laws, reads the street signs, drives carefully, and introduces readers to his vehicle's many parts. He drives his car many places, but at work he's behind the wheel of-a big, green bus. Typical of Barton's style, the illustrations are simple and stylized, but perfectly suited to the text. Bold, complementary colors are featured against yellow backgrounds. The book will find a home with youngsters who enjoy books about cars, trains, buses, and the like. Combine it with Donald Crews's Freight Train (Greenwillow, 1978) to get a toddler or preschool storytime rolling.-Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.


Barton, Byron. "My car." New York : Greenwillow Books, 2001.

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