Tuesday, July 28, 2015
This Old Van by Kim Norman
This old van,
she passed one,
shining in the rising sun.
With a click clack rattle rack,
ready for some fun,
This old van says,
Take a rollicking ride in This Old Van, a joyful take on the classic children's counting song. As the colorfully painted vintage vehicle, driven by a really cool pair of grandparents, rolls down the highway, it passes one train, two bulldozers, three tractors, and four semis, right up to ten muddy motorbikes. And along the way, luggage flies off, horns honk, and the hurrying van zigs and zags—till it arrives at its destination JUST IN TIME! You won't be able to resist singing every fun verse out loud.
Cassandra's Review- The challenge for me was not to sing the book to my children, during the first read. I wanted them to catch on to it by themselves. It is great fun, but the illustration for me are what make this book so good. The kids were giggling and pointing, even my teens enjoy it.
Kim Norman's children's books have been published by Dial, Dutton, Sterling and Scholastic. Her books have been well-reviewed in publications such as the New York Times and Publishers Weekly, and have been distributed in Scholastic Book Fairs and take-home Club fliers. Kim has built a national reputation as a school presenter, having done author visits in more than a hundred schools around the country.
Kim is an actress and singer, and has been known to practice her time step in a grocery line. Her books often feature animals, which were a big part of her childhood. Family pets included unusual critters such as a squirrel, an iguana and a raccoon named Danny.
She lives in Smithfield, Virginia, with the REAL Crocodaddy (her husband of more than 25 years.) They're the parents of two grown sons and the grandparents of one very large, shaggy Newfoundland. www.kimnormanbooks.com
Advance Praise for This Old Van:
“This is a delightful choice for preschoolers who adore cars and trucks of any kind . . . A fun addition to picture book collections.” –School Library Journal
“This intergenerational romp filled with sight gags and puns will keep readers humming as they pore over each detail-packed page.” –Kirkus Reviews