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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

BRUM, BRUMM, BRUMMMM! Woodie Guthrie's Riding in My Car, designed by Scott Menchin

TAKE ME RIDING IN YOUR CAR, CAR,
TAKE ME RIDING IN YOUR CAR, CAR.

I'LL TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE, TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE,
TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE IN MY CAR, CAR.

A rubber-necking family of dogs sets out to see the U.S.A., fittingly making the tour in a three-dimensional "woody" convertible, as they take in such iconic scenes as Mt. Rushmore, the Stature of Liberty, The White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and even Guthrie's hometown in Oklahoma.

The award-winning Scott Menchin has designed this "movable" book with winsome drawings, pull-tab and lift-the-flap action, and concealed historical and geographical notes (e.g., Route 66) of each landmark as the car rolls cross country, accompanied by part of the text of Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." Little fingers can turn wheels to make desert critters cross the road, move the car through a cloverleaf exchange, pull in a catch on the Mississippi, and make a bronco buck a buckaroo in a corral on the Western plain. All along, Woody's rhythmic text keeps everything rolling merrily along:

I'M GONNA LET YOU BLOW THE HORN,
I'M GONNA LET YOU BLOW THE HORN.

HONK, HONK, HONK! BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!
TAKING A RIDE IN MY CAR, CAR.

Scott Menchin's latest, Riding In My Car (lb-kids,, 2012) is the way to see the U.S.A, with never a whine of "Are we there yet?" An appendix provides a link to the Smithsonian and a playback of Woody Guthrie performing this song as the soundtrack for this delightful and joyful trip of a book.

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