Vroom!
From beloved author and artist Barbara McClintock comes Vroom!, a playful picture book following a little girl's imaginative journey in a race car.Join a little girl as she zooms—past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.

Vroom! Details

TitleVroom!
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
ISBN-139781626722170
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Transport, Cars, Fantasy

Vroom! Review

  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Annie's face when she's stuck in traffic really spoke to me.
  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Like so many youngsters, Annie loves driving around in her sports car. At first, things seem normal, but when she blasts out of her bedroom and above the ground, it's clear that much of her journey takes place in her imagination. The book's illustrations show her driving fast through flatlands, over mountains, into the desert, and even in city traffic. It's clear that urban driving is much more challenging than driving in the country. After she speeds through a race, she returns home where her f Like so many youngsters, Annie loves driving around in her sports car. At first, things seem normal, but when she blasts out of her bedroom and above the ground, it's clear that much of her journey takes place in her imagination. The book's illustrations show her driving fast through flatlands, over mountains, into the desert, and even in city traffic. It's clear that urban driving is much more challenging than driving in the country. After she speeds through a race, she returns home where her father and brother are eagerly awaiting her and a bedtime read. While I liked the story well enough since it represents an imaginative child and an experience with which many youngsters can relate, what really appealed to me here was how much of her room was devoted to automobile memorabilia--posters, books, model cars, a traffic light, a car-detected comforter, and even hubcaps on the wall. It's clear that this young girl has a supportive father who wants her to follow her dreams and interests. Readers will love the last page featuring the three family members cuddled on the bed as the father reads from a book entitled Cars and her little brother looks with keen interest at her care. The family cat and dog are also observing all of this with some curiosity. It's neat to pay attention to the car-related terminology sprinkled within the text. Reading this one will surely cause many youngsters to gun their own engines in anticipation of a speedy start of their own.
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    One evening, Annie puts on her helmet and gloves and drives her car right out her bedroom window and out onto the road. The road is straight and flat, just right for driving really fast. When she reaches the mountains, the road gets curvy and cold, then descends into the hot desert. She drives through a forest, then across a huge bridge and into a city where she gets caught in traffic for awhile. She goes fast through the traffic jam, and then faster onto a racetrack. Getting tired, she heads fo One evening, Annie puts on her helmet and gloves and drives her car right out her bedroom window and out onto the road. The road is straight and flat, just right for driving really fast. When she reaches the mountains, the road gets curvy and cold, then descends into the hot desert. She drives through a forest, then across a huge bridge and into a city where she gets caught in traffic for awhile. She goes fast through the traffic jam, and then faster onto a racetrack. Getting tired, she heads for home, arriving just in time for a bedtime story about cars.This picture book embraces imaginative play in a little girl’s world as she pretends to be taking the perfect drive. Her white car is pristine at the beginning of the story and ends up covered in dirt and grass with a little smoke coming out of the hood. Annie doesn’t bother to slow down much and not even her imaginary traffic jam can hold her for long. The book, just like Annie, is fast moving with just enough words to hold the story together. The illustrations are filled with the dust of Annie’s racing past. Done in bright colors, the world around her is friendly and vivid with Annie at its center going fast.A wild ride of a book that is a joy. Appropriate for ages 2-5.
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  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    @barbaramcclintockart book Vroom took me on a wonderful trip! I loved the illustrations captured in Annie's race car drive. Annie using her imagination VRoooooms out of her bedroom and takes us on what reminded me of a cross country drive. The open road takes us to snowy capped mountains the prairie landscape, a towering woody forest until we reach the city where we are slowed down by traffic and Annie heads home knowing there are many adventures in her car in the days ahead. So much to love - f @barbaramcclintockart book Vroom took me on a wonderful trip! I loved the illustrations captured in Annie's race car drive. Annie using her imagination VRoooooms out of her bedroom and takes us on what reminded me of a cross country drive. The open road takes us to snowy capped mountains the prairie landscape, a towering woody forest until we reach the city where we are slowed down by traffic and Annie heads home knowing there are many adventures in her car in the days ahead. So much to love - female race car drives, simple effective text and as stated earlier gorgeous photos that will allow kids to connect to their own road trips and landscapes they've seen. I'm flagging Annie in for the win!
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  • Allison
    January 1, 1970
    Annie hops into her toy car and zooms (or vrooms) off into the diverse destinations of her imagination. Up mountains, through deserts and woods, and even into the big, congested city she goes. The text is succinct, which seems appropriate for a book that deals so much with speed, but McCintock makes sure to include some descriptive words to set the scenes. Eventually Annie tires, and returns home (creating a scene of surprised and windswept family members I'm particularly fond of) to go to bed. Annie hops into her toy car and zooms (or vrooms) off into the diverse destinations of her imagination. Up mountains, through deserts and woods, and even into the big, congested city she goes. The text is succinct, which seems appropriate for a book that deals so much with speed, but McCintock makes sure to include some descriptive words to set the scenes. Eventually Annie tires, and returns home (creating a scene of surprised and windswept family members I'm particularly fond of) to go to bed. If you read the author bio on the back flap, you'll learn that the inspiration comes from the author's own life. The sports-car-driving author had a toy car like the one in the book when she was young. McClintock also has exuberant curls like Annie's, which I imagine is no accident. A winner.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Vroom! has the perfect mix of simple & busy illustrations that many will adore. Annie takes off on a journey in her speedy white race car, and drives through all sorts of places, carefree as can be-- over a snowy mountain, through the desert, the forest, and a busy (traffic filled) city! Annie is very passionate about cars, and that's one of the biggest reasons I adore this book; girls can be race car drivers, too! She drives an exciting road trip for all at breakneck speeds.
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  • Effie
    January 1, 1970
    An imaginative journey book in the vein of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Where the Wild things are, but the protagonist is a girl in a race car. It's nice. Maybe lacks the depth of these other examples. There's no emotional journey or anything like that, just a fun ride in a race car and home again to bed, but it does introduce concepts of flat terrain, mountains, desert, forest, river, and city.
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  • Tina Hoggatt
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific flight of empowered imagination as Annie hops in her race car and goes for a long, exciting drive before returning to her bedroom, ready for sleep. A testament to independence and the pleasure of 'driving' yourself. Simply and beautifully illustrated by the author. What a sure hand she has.
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  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    A feisty little redhead drives her silver race car all over the country one night in her imagination (or is it her imagination?) right before bedtime. McClintock's illustrations are more sparse, and not as detailed as in some of her other books, perhaps because this story is aimed at younger children, but they are still colorful and appealing.
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  • Erin Buhr
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, imaginative story. A little girl goes for an imaginary drive in her race car before bed. The text is brief enough for little guys and the illustrations are full of fun little details (especially animals) to spot. Gentle humor, a fun drive through different landscapes, and some subtle girl power.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Just bought this book for my library. It's a very easy read, so beginner readers might be able to read this one to parents. Illustrations are really cute and story line is simple. A great book for little readers who have BIG imaginations!
  • Raven Black
    January 1, 1970
    A busy girl takes a trip around the countryside one night. The detailed illustrations show you where she is going and where she has been. Look at the art to see all the amazing things she (probably sees, even though she is going very fast in her car). Great color and easy text.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Imaginative story about a young girl who takes off from her bedroom and speeds her race car through all sorts of adventures before heading back for bed. Brightly colored illustrations capture the fun.
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A little girl's imaginative journey in a race car.
  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    A young girl's imagination puts her in a race car, and takes her from hill to dell, across deserts, over the river, and through the city driving fast as she can before her bed time.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful illustrations
  • Kara
    January 1, 1970
    A flame-haired girl drives off an adventure through town and country but returns home in time to be tucked in for bed.
  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Fun and quick. Highly recommended for ages 3-5.
  • Krissy Neddo
    January 1, 1970
    Loved illustrations!
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    Read this for Mock Caldecott voting. A fun story about a little girl's wonderfully imaginative drive in her racing car.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    I mean, I like her hair, but otherwise there's not really anything special here.
  • PWRL
    January 1, 1970
    SM
  • Austin Gullett
    January 1, 1970
    This one just came into the library! I like it a lot and I can think of a lot of kids who will, too.
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