- Car Goes Far by Michael Garland
This entry in the I Like to Read series features a little red, Beetle-like car with a toothy, grinning grille, looking good and out for a spin. Mud splashes, smoky exhaust, and bird droppings take their toll on Car's shine, but fortunately a coast through a car wash sets all to rights. Fortunate, too, for beginning readers, that Car's adventures play out so smoothly in monosyllabic terms, a tidy blend of sound-outs and sight words: "Oh, no! Birds make a mess on Car. Car does not look good now." [End Page 417] The digital artwork, though not quite up to Pixar standards, should nonetheless strike readers as a cozily familiar milieu for automotive adventures, and background signage ("Go Go Burger," "Shop Quick," "Fast Gas," "Hot Dogs") offer some additional reading matter for kids who speed through the main text. Rate this four and a half beeps in the annual beginner-reader buyers' guide.