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Rattletrap Car [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Phyllis Root , Jill Barton
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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3 Jun 2002
An uproarious tale of a family's trip in a rattletrap car. The rattletrap car doesn't go fast and it doesn't go far - and when a family set off to the lake in it one hot day it soon starts to fall apart. But...lumpety bumpety, a beach ball replaces the wheel; wappity bappity, a surfboard replaces the floor; a thermos of razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz does for the petrol tank...All stuck on with chocolate marshamallow fudge delight! The rattletrap car reaches the lake, and takes the family safely - if noisily - home again.

Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd; New edition edition (3 Jun 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744589320
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744589320
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 693,933 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

About the Author

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.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC FOR READING OUT LOUD 7 Sep 2005
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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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful for all the family 23 Nov 2002
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 13 Oct 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Passing it on! 7 Sep 2011
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Rattletrap car 21 July 2009
My (nearly) 3 year old boy loves this book and enjoys sharing it over and over again at bedtime.
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