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Red Wagon Hardcover – Feb 17 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel Books (Feb. 17 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399252371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399252372
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 1 x 26.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #402,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This title owes its delight to the well-balanced, deadpan disparity between the spare, straightforward text and the increasingly wild scenarios depicted in the digitally colored pencil illustrations. According to the words, the animals climb a hill, weather some rain, load up at the market, regroup after hitting a rock, and return home. The pictures, however, show a different story: along the way, the red wagon transforms from pirate ship to covered wagon to circus caravan to train to rocket ship to truck in detailed scenes children will want to revisit. Preschoolers will recognize the reality-blurring borders of their own made-up worlds; children on the cusp of independent reading will enjoy following the simple, bold-type sentences; and both audiences will hope for future adventures from Lucy and her friends. —Booklist, starred review

"Liwska renders the illustrations in soft-hued pencil and digital coloring, similar in style to those she created for Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book. Adding to the quality of this gentle yet adventurous tale is the way the illustrations provide an imaginative alternative visual narrative that enhances the straightforward text. An enjoyable story to read with creative little critters just like Lucy."  —Horn Book Reviews --This text refers to the Board book edition.

About the Author

Renata Liwska lives in Calgary, Canada.

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Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Beautiful book to complement a my wagon gift.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89d32ac) out of 5 stars Cute adventure for preschoolers Sept. 3 2011
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Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old son loves this book. He usually likes books about cars, trucks, and trains the best; this one has enough of those and some cute forest animals. The pictures are lovely, too. I actually enjoyed reading it fifteen or so times before we took it back to the library.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89d36b4) out of 5 stars Great gift! Dec 2 2013
By Jennifer M. O'brien - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Gave this as a shower gift along with a Red Radio Flyer Wagon. BIG hit!!! I am still hearing about what a hit the wagon and book were.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89d34bc) out of 5 stars Such a good book! Feb. 28 2013
By jennie - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought a red wagon for my 3 year old grandson and got this book to go with it. The story is delightful and the illustrations are beautiful. I would recommend this book as a "keeper".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89d36f0) out of 5 stars Imaginative Dec 19 2011
By Debnance at Readerbuzz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lucy has a new red wagon. She wants to play with it, but her mother wants her to use it to pick up some groceries for her. Lucy uses her imagination to ride the enormous waves of an ocean during a storm, drive a covered wagon, be the engineer on a train, and ride on a rocketship using her wagon.

"Lucy quickly pushed the wagon down the hill. (Illustration shows Lucy and her friends riding the ocean waves during a big storm)
By the time she got to the bottom, it was really coming down!" (Illustration shows the ocean waves are very big.)

Nice to see a story where children are encouraged to use their imaginations.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa89d3b28) out of 5 stars One of Dolly's Imagination Library Books Oct. 22 2013
By Rachael E. Stanley - Published on
Format: Board book
My son got this as part of Dolly's Imagination Library series at about 16 months old. This book is wonderful! He wasn't very into it a few months ago, but now likes looking at the pictures and is beginning to see a bit more.

The pictures are so detailed and I love seeing the story behind the story. This is a book that an older child would really enjoy since they'd be able to really pick out all the wonderful details.

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