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Rattletrap Car Hardcover – 5 Mar 2001


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  • Hardcover: 33 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (5 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744573025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744573022
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 27.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,546,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Completely brilliant... Funny, original and beautifully drawn... Ideal for reading aloud." The Independent on Sunday; "This book has got to be an instant classic." The Guardian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Phyllis Root is the author of the picture books Mrs Potter's Pig; One Windy Wednesday; The Hungry Monster; Turnover Tuesday; Foggy Friday; Meow Monday; What Baby Wants; Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble; Aunt Nancy and Cousin Lazybones and One Duck Stuck. She lives in Minnesota, USA, with her two daughters. Jill Barton did a degree in illustration at Metropolitan University in Manchester as a mature student and has now illustrated several children's books for Walker. Her other titles are The Happy Hedgehog Band; The Pig in the Pond (Highly Commended as runner-up for the Kate Greenaway Medal); Little Mo (all three by Martin Waddell); The Caterpillow Fight; What Baby Wants and four stories about Baby Duck. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MD Healey on 7 Sept. 2005
Format: Paperback
I have seen this book being called an instant classic and I have to say that it certainly became one in our household.
The story is a delight: the mechanical disasters that befell the family are not of a small calibre. This brings a strong surreal quality to the otherwise simple plot; while the participation of all the members of the family in fixing the problems gives the story a joyful, child-centered and democratic slant. In fact, it is the Baby who fixes the most difficult problem of all, one that has the older children and Dad giving up the hope of ever getting to the lake. It is thus a bit of a hymn to the children's creative ingenuity.
But the best thing about the book is not the story. Try reading it out aloud. The verse is in my opinion excellent, with a rhythm that makes it a delight to read aloud, fun to listen to and resulted in my daughter learning chunks of it by heart even though generally she doesn't remember poems.
The greatest achievement is, however, the word creativity resulting in an amazing collection of onomatopoeias - gathered, newly created and re-formed.
The artwork is very dynamic and the onomatopoeic parts of the text are sometimes part of the artwork rather than being typeset in standard font. This makes them even more expressive and adds a strong a comic-like quality which enriches the book.
The purely linguistic pleasure derived from reading this book aloud means it is the only one I sometimes agree (grudgingly, as not to create a precedent) to read twice in a row. I have not yet got bored with it either, part of the attraction being that it is rather short, the total reading time does not exceed five minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Blunt on 23 Nov. 2002
Format: Paperback
We borrowed this book from the library for our 2 year old daughter, and now we are having to buy our own copy - it's just too good to give back!
We read it as a family - the rhythm and repetition is such that we all get to join in and our daughter adores it. The pictures are wonderful, but it is the story which makes it - what fantastic use of language.
You can't go wrong with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Richardson on 13 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You can read this book straight and it's great.
Or you can follow the rhythm and make it brilliant.
No longer in print it is one of the best books to read aloud to children.
My local library introduced me to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. O. Bonney on 7 Sept. 2011
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I borrowed this book from the library when my son was about four and my daughter was a baby. They both absolutely loved it - he for the wonderful story and pictures, she for the fantastic sounds you make when you read it. My son started secondary school today (he is now an avid reader) and I'm buying it to send to Australia for my tiny nephew.
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By Mac on 23 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
My son loved this book when he was younger. I had to repeatedly borrow it from the library. Now my daughter loves it - so much I bought it. Only problem is she makes me read it to her EVERY night. Great repetition that they can join in with. The illustrations are excellent. If you look closely the pictures continue on from each other, you can see the road they travelled on and whats to come. Very colourful. Well recommended.
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