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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.