Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Ethan Long’s Cars, Signs, and Porcupines is the third book in the Happy County preschool picture book series featuring cars, trucks, signs, counting, and maps.
Rise and shine for another bustling day in Happy County! The roads are filled with people in vehicles traveling through town. There are cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, and lots of signs to decipher on the road. This primer compendium is chock-full of lovable characters and educational content connected to maps, geography, signage, counting, measurements, and, underground systems, and transportation vehicles—plenty of clever scenarios to keep little ones engaged. Interactive, informative, and on point for the PreK–2 audience.
About: Cars, Signs, and Porcupines is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Ethan Long. It was recently published on 3/2/2021 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 48 pages. The genres are picture book, interactive, and fiction. This is the third book in the Happy County preschool picture book series and it’s intended for readers ages 3 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is known for publishing quality picture books, chapter books, and novels for preschoolers through young adults. Covering a wide variety of genres, our books feature imaginative authors and illustrators who inspire young readers.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Cars, Signs, and Porcupines for my 20 months old daughter on 3/18/2021 and finished it that same night. We studied through the illustrations again a couple of times in the next few days. This book was awesome. A busy book with lots to look at. I like the interactive and informative portion of the story. The definition to big words were a plus. I liked the colorful illustrations of different cars, trucks, houses, etc. The details were fantastic because I don’t think there’s anything this town doesn’t have. The different types of automobiles on the road were fun to look at. I liked The Line Painting Crew. The names of different airlines was just too good not to smile.
Readers will meet everyone at Happy County. It’s a sunny day and everyone’s out and about. Different people with different jobs are at their labeled posts. Out of the blue, a leak on the water tower flooded the Porcupine’s Playland. The porcupines then got loose and were running everywhere. The County Mounties race to the rescue trying different tactics to round up the porcupines. They try fishing them with pork chops, homemade pickled papayas, etc. The citizens in Happy County have to adhere to road signs and readers will learn what the signs means and will be given the opportunity to place the correct signs per the shapes provided. While chasing after the porcupines around town, readers will see the many different noises at the airport and the plumbing lines where water travel in and out of people’s homes. An adventure to round up the porcupines also take readers through the highway where there are many billboards advertising different foods and ice cream.
Cars, Signs, and Porcupines is a picture book that will keep your little one busy for hours! Each page is filled to the max with citizens of Happy County, transportation, noises, houses, buildings, trees, birds, road signs, names of what things are, and etc. While readers help round up the porcupines, different citizens in Happy County were doing different things that you couldn’t help but notice, like the pig-man chase after a little chick driving a tractor after a cow! I liked the view of the plumbing pipes below the houses. Happy County is definitely a place I would want to visit. I recommend this book to everyone!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: cars, interactive learning, definition, airport, sounds, jobs, hide-and-seek, auto train, road signs
About the Author and Illustrator:
Ethan Long is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, including Hello, World!, Sun and Moon Together, and Cars, Signs, and Porcupines, Books 1, 2, and 3 in the Happy County series, as well as Tickle the Duck, Fright Club, Valensteins, Fangsgiving, Chamelia and Up, Tall and High!, for which he received the Geisel Award. He is the illustrator of Dump Truck’s Colors and Cement Mixer’s ABC, two board books in the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site series. He is also the creator of the animated, Emmy-nominated series Tasty Time with ZeFronk. Ethan lives with his family in Orlando, Florida. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website and book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.