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The first time I read this book was for possible purchase in my library at school. I, too, found the text to be unbelievably repetitive, but it was also a text that, once read to a beginning reader, that reader could handle with ease. It was an unbelievable price on Christmas Day, and I bought several copies. I didn't buy enough, because my Kinders and Firsts are fighting over who gets to check it out. The genius of the story is the illustrations. There are tiny little clues in the drawings that, if attention is paid to them, make that repetitive text really an interesting story. I wish I'd bought more copies!
Thankfully my kids never asked that dreaded question on the many road trips we took to visit their grandparents (and those drives were 12-hours long), but if they had, I would have loved to hand them this book so they could laugh at themselves. This is a story kids and parents can both relate to and get a kick out of. Even when they don't see it, the journey is half the fun! It's a perfect pairing of text and creative illustrations.
This book has been a favorite of a certain four-and-half year-old child I know. The text is simple and repetitive, which children will enjoy verbalizing. The illustrations are engaging and lead to much visual exploration and discussion.
Please note: I'm an avid reader and have purchased & read roughly 500 books over the last 5 years. I've done several book reviews, and I support many of my author friends and give my honest opinion...I have never given any book less than 3 stars. A book has to be detestable to get less than three from me. THIS is that book. You may proceed...
My son accidentally bought this e-book on Kindle because he saw me buy two books for him before that (I totally recommend Elise Parsley!! I just discovered her children's books tonight! Very witty and smart - appeals to both parent & child!! Had both of us really laughing!!), so he asked for this one (I think because it had a red car on the cover & a mom & son inside of it - clearly he relates to that). I saw it was $10.99, and said, "Nope!!! Not buying that for $11!" He touched "Buy" (then got into trouble), and I figured that I spent the $, might as well read it. BIGGEST. DISAPPOINTMENT. EVER!!!!!!
The ENTIRE BOOK'S CONTENTS IS THIS: "Are you ready?" "Where are we going?" "Grandma's house." "Are we there yet?" "No." About 30 times. I did not count them all, because I'd already wasted 45 seconds of my life reading this garbage. Then, "Are we there yet?" "Almost." Then, "Are we there yet?" "Yes." "Yes!" "Yes!" Then, "How was your trip??" "Boring." BORING?!?!?!?! THAT IS WHAT THE TITLE OF THIS CRAPPY BOOK SHOULD BE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The author should be ashamed of herself... $11?!? I'm still gonna try to get my $ back, but I feel like I've been scammed... I obviously do not recommend reading this book!