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a glory ride, indeed

July 29th, 2011 | Leave a Comment

I got a nice note last night that Kirkus has given Everything Goes: On Land a terrific review. This is the first real review that I know of and it's a good start…

In a visual feast for fans of wheeled vehicles large and small, Biggs presents a series of high-density street scenes done in an amiably rumpled cartoon style.

Driving in from the 'burbs to a generic metropolis, a lad and his dad gloss each big, double-page spread-" 'Do trucks work the same way as cars?' /
'Many of them do. Trucks also have jobs, like cars' "-as they glide through heavy traffic, past a construction site and under an elevated highway. They wait for fleets of bikes and motorcycles to pass and park at last near a train station to pick up Mom. Along with sparely labeled close-up or cutaway views of a car, a bicycle, a big truck, a subway station, an RV and other specimens, the author sets up the family reunion at the end with a giant double-gatefold aerial view of an entire neighborhood packed with traffic, pedestrians, local businesses and signs, each one individually distinct.

Jokey side conversations (one firefighter tells another, "There's no fire. It's just a cat"; his companion asks, "Should we get some milk?") play off more serious and informative dialogue. A diagram of a car is accompanied by a disquisition on the relationship between a car battery and the motor, as well as the fact that "[a]n electric car uses batteries and electric motor. No gas!"

A glory ride for young car, truck, train, bus and trolley devotees.

You can see it here if you're a Kirkus subscriber. If you're not, they only give you a snippet.

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