Since we've devoured nearly every transportation book in the library, we're always on the lookout for the latest and greatest zooming, zipping, chugging, or digging book. Enter Brian Biggs and his new Everything Goes picture book. My son's reaction? Love at first sight!
Everything Goes: On Land by Brian Biggs. Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins (September 2011); ISBN 9780061958090; 56 pages
From cover to cover, Everything Goes: On Land is chuck full of cars, trucks, bikes, trains -- tons of land-going city vehicles. Eye-catching and completely riveting for all transportation book aficionados, Biggs doesn't leave anything out in his jam-packed, cartoony illustrations. Even the odd, not oft seen vehicles make an appearance. Double Decker Bus. ✔ Elevated Train. ✔ Penny-farthing. ✔ Bird with a hat. ✔ (No, that's not a typo. There really are birds with hats. What's that got to do with vehicles? I have no idea, but the birds are pretty silly and appear in all the city pictures along with a lot other out-of-place things! Channeling Richard Scarry and Goldbug, perhaps?)
This is the kind of seek-and-find book one could easily stare at for hours, days, and not see everything, and there's also an interesting storyline weaving through the book about a little boy to consider. Henry drives into the city with his dad to a surprise location and the two talk [via speech balloons] about all the vehicles they see along the way, discussing some in great detail. Through a number of simple vehicle diagrams, the reader learns along with Henry about the interworkings of a car, tractor-trailer rig, RV, bicycle, and motorcycle. To add to the educational experience, Everything Goes: On Land also works as a challenging counting book. Readers can count one-by-one to 100, searching for each number in order.
The side-stories are quite amusing as well. One speedy driver gets pulled over by a cop, much to my son's amusement. And, my son gets a huge kick out of the tuna seeking cat and pocket-watch carrying, late bunny. But, more than anything else, my son adores the pages with the trains, especially the steam-powered locomotive. I think he might like trains even more than the little boy in the book, and that's saying quite a bit! You'll have to read the book yourself to find out why. :)
The book is targeted at preschoolers, but older kids enjoy checking this one out, too. My daughter took it with her to first grade when her class was discussing numbers in print. 'Twas a hit!
A corresponding I Can Read book, Everything Goes: Henry in a Jam is planned for future release, in addition to another Everything Goes series picture book about air travel.
Brian Biggs - Author Website
Everything Goes On Land - Road Trip Event Kit [pdf]
Everything Goes On Land - Activities [pdf]
Everything Goes on Land Downloadable Coloring Book
Everything Goes On Land contains the numbers 1-100 so I thought we'd work a little on our number and counting skills this week. The whole family (including DH) worked on coloring different Everything Goes vehicles. We used some of the coloring images from Biggs' Downloadable Coloring Book and I traced several other vehicles out of the book. My son only wanted to color trains and he requested I trace all four trains from the train page for him to color. (Mr. Biggs, you need some train coloring pages! My hand hurts from tracing.)
In total we colored 10 vehicles and numbered them. The kids sorted the even and odd vehicles and placed them on the correct street. My son also worked on his number recognition and order skills and placed all the vehicles in order from 1-10.
The even/odd idea is one I found on Pinterest. The teacher wife posted a similar activity involving houses.
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