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From beloved author and artist Barbara McClintock comes Vroom!, a playful picture book following a little girl's imaginative journey in a race car. Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barb From beloved author and artist Barbara McClintock comes Vroom!, a playful picture book following a little girl's imaginative journey in a race car. Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.


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From beloved author and artist Barbara McClintock comes Vroom!, a playful picture book following a little girl's imaginative journey in a race car. Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barb From beloved author and artist Barbara McClintock comes Vroom!, a playful picture book following a little girl's imaginative journey in a race car. Join a little girl as she zooms— past fields and forests, up mountains, over rivers, through deserts, home again, and into bed in this playful picture book about the power of imagination, from award-winning author and artist Barbara McClintock.

30 review for Vroom!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    Annie's face when she's stuck in traffic really spoke to me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Like so many youngsters, Annie loves driving around in her sports car. At first, things seem normal, but when she blasts out of her bedroom and above the ground, it's clear that much of her journey takes place in her imagination. The book's illustrations show her driving fast through flatlands, over mountains, into the desert, and even in city traffic. It's clear that urban driving is much more challenging than driving in the country. After she speeds through a race, she returns home where her f Like so many youngsters, Annie loves driving around in her sports car. At first, things seem normal, but when she blasts out of her bedroom and above the ground, it's clear that much of her journey takes place in her imagination. The book's illustrations show her driving fast through flatlands, over mountains, into the desert, and even in city traffic. It's clear that urban driving is much more challenging than driving in the country. After she speeds through a race, she returns home where her father and brother are eagerly awaiting her and a bedtime read. While I liked the story well enough since it represents an imaginative child and an experience with which many youngsters can relate, what really appealed to me here was how much of her room was devoted to automobile memorabilia--posters, books, model cars, a traffic light, a car-detected comforter, and even hubcaps on the wall. It's clear that this young girl has a supportive father who wants her to follow her dreams and interests. Readers will love the last page featuring the three family members cuddled on the bed as the father reads from a book entitled Cars and her little brother looks with keen interest at her care. The family cat and dog are also observing all of this with some curiosity. It's neat to pay attention to the car-related terminology sprinkled within the text. Reading this one will surely cause many youngsters to gun their own engines in anticipation of a speedy start of their own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

    One evening, Annie puts on her helmet and gloves and drives her car right out her bedroom window and out onto the road. The road is straight and flat, just right for driving really fast. When she reaches the mountains, the road gets curvy and cold, then descends into the hot desert. She drives through a forest, then across a huge bridge and into a city where she gets caught in traffic for awhile. She goes fast through the traffic jam, and then faster onto a racetrack. Getting tired, she heads fo One evening, Annie puts on her helmet and gloves and drives her car right out her bedroom window and out onto the road. The road is straight and flat, just right for driving really fast. When she reaches the mountains, the road gets curvy and cold, then descends into the hot desert. She drives through a forest, then across a huge bridge and into a city where she gets caught in traffic for awhile. She goes fast through the traffic jam, and then faster onto a racetrack. Getting tired, she heads for home, arriving just in time for a bedtime story about cars. This picture book embraces imaginative play in a little girl’s world as she pretends to be taking the perfect drive. Her white car is pristine at the beginning of the story and ends up covered in dirt and grass with a little smoke coming out of the hood. Annie doesn’t bother to slow down much and not even her imaginary traffic jam can hold her for long. The book, just like Annie, is fast moving with just enough words to hold the story together. The illustrations are filled with the dust of Annie’s racing past. Done in bright colors, the world around her is friendly and vivid with Annie at its center going fast. A wild ride of a book that is a joy. Appropriate for ages 2-5.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Annie hops into her toy car and zooms (or vrooms) off into the diverse destinations of her imagination. Up mountains, through deserts and woods, and even into the big, congested city she goes. The text is succinct, which seems appropriate for a book that deals so much with speed, but McCintock makes sure to include some descriptive words to set the scenes. Eventually Annie tires, and returns home (creating a scene of surprised and windswept family members I'm particularly fond of) to go to bed. Annie hops into her toy car and zooms (or vrooms) off into the diverse destinations of her imagination. Up mountains, through deserts and woods, and even into the big, congested city she goes. The text is succinct, which seems appropriate for a book that deals so much with speed, but McCintock makes sure to include some descriptive words to set the scenes. Eventually Annie tires, and returns home (creating a scene of surprised and windswept family members I'm particularly fond of) to go to bed. If you read the author bio on the back flap, you'll learn that the inspiration comes from the author's own life. The sports-car-driving author had a toy car like the one in the book when she was young. McClintock also has exuberant curls like Annie's, which I imagine is no accident. A winner.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Hnatiuk

    @barbaramcclintockart book Vroom took me on a wonderful trip! I loved the illustrations captured in Annie's race car drive. Annie using her imagination VRoooooms out of her bedroom and takes us on what reminded me of a cross country drive. The open road takes us to snowy capped mountains the prairie landscape, a towering woody forest until we reach the city where we are slowed down by traffic and Annie heads home knowing there are many adventures in her car in the days ahead. So much to love - f @barbaramcclintockart book Vroom took me on a wonderful trip! I loved the illustrations captured in Annie's race car drive. Annie using her imagination VRoooooms out of her bedroom and takes us on what reminded me of a cross country drive. The open road takes us to snowy capped mountains the prairie landscape, a towering woody forest until we reach the city where we are slowed down by traffic and Annie heads home knowing there are many adventures in her car in the days ahead. So much to love - female race car drives, simple effective text and as stated earlier gorgeous photos that will allow kids to connect to their own road trips and landscapes they've seen. I'm flagging Annie in for the win!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Everyone is talking in their reviews about this sweet little book and a little girl's journey through her imagination before bedtime and how it lacks depth or expression or other nonsense like that.... Oh my goodness, did y'all not see the grass and the mud on that car on the last page? Imagination didn't put that there, folks, really. Also, it wasn't sweetness on her face when she is stuck in traffic (haha); I recognized that expression! I have often felt that way! Check out all the details: the Everyone is talking in their reviews about this sweet little book and a little girl's journey through her imagination before bedtime and how it lacks depth or expression or other nonsense like that.... Oh my goodness, did y'all not see the grass and the mud on that car on the last page? Imagination didn't put that there, folks, really. Also, it wasn't sweetness on her face when she is stuck in traffic (haha); I recognized that expression! I have often felt that way! Check out all the details: there are animals on almost every page, and all sorts of funny things happening. Much more depth happening here in this "simple little sweet story."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Vroom! has the perfect mix of simple & busy illustrations that many will adore. Annie takes off on a journey in her speedy white race car, and drives through all sorts of places, carefree as can be-- over a snowy mountain, through the desert, the forest, and a busy (traffic filled) city! Annie is very passionate about cars, and that's one of the biggest reasons I adore this book; girls can be race car drivers, too! She drives an exciting road trip for all at breakneck speeds.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Effie

    An imaginative journey book in the vein of Harold and the Purple Crayon or Where the Wild things are, but the protagonist is a girl in a race car. It's nice. Maybe lacks the depth of these other examples. There's no emotional journey or anything like that, just a fun ride in a race car and home again to bed, but it does introduce concepts of flat terrain, mountains, desert, forest, river, and city.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    A feisty little redhead drives her silver race car all over the country one night in her imagination (or is it her imagination?) right before bedtime. McClintock's illustrations are more sparse, and not as detailed as in some of her other books, perhaps because this story is aimed at younger children, but they are still colorful and appealing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    A little girl with awesome hair takes a journey of the imagination. There's not much story here: the plot serves mostly to highlight the author's fine artwork.

  11. 5 out of 5

    robyn

    I don't write a lot of reviews. This book seems so unnecessary. Been there, done that, and done better. It seems the only reason for this book is to put a girl behind the wheel of a racecar (and an imaginary one at that). Not impressed, really bland. Maybe the simple imagery may inspire, but it didn't inspire me. Sorry.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Annie gets ready for bed in her special driving clothes, and her helmet, and hops in her car to take a ride through the country discovering different landscapes, cities, races, and traffic on her way to bed. And then she and her brother and father settle down for a story about cars. Colorful illustrations.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tina Hoggatt

    Terrific flight of empowered imagination as Annie hops in her race car and goes for a long, exciting drive before returning to her bedroom, ready for sleep. A testament to independence and the pleasure of 'driving' yourself. Simply and beautifully illustrated by the author. What a sure hand she has.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    Cute, imaginative story. A little girl goes for an imaginary drive in her race car before bed. The text is brief enough for little guys and the illustrations are full of fun little details (especially animals) to spot. Gentle humor, a fun drive through different landscapes, and some subtle girl power.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Just bought this book for my library. It's a very easy read, so beginner readers might be able to read this one to parents. Illustrations are really cute and story line is simple. A great book for little readers who have BIG imaginations!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Raven Black

    A busy girl takes a trip around the countryside one night. The detailed illustrations show you where she is going and where she has been. Look at the art to see all the amazing things she (probably sees, even though she is going very fast in her car). Great color and easy text.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Imaginative story about a young girl who takes off from her bedroom and speeds her race car through all sorts of adventures before heading back for bed. Brightly colored illustrations capture the fun.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I can't think of another car related book with a female protagonist. The story is fairly simple, but the illustrations are great, and this should be a hit with any car enthusiast.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Beautiful illustrations

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    My favorite illustration is the one with the little car amidst the traffic in a city--and the next one when she weaves through the traffic.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Loved illustrations!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    A young girl's imagination puts her in a race car, and takes her from hill to dell, across deserts, over the river, and through the city driving fast as she can before her bed time.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    Such simple delight.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Girls can race too! Loved it! Illustrations are very cute.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Saw this on a Caldecott possibilities list. I don't think it's a viable candidate.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    Fun and quick. Highly recommended for ages 3-5.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I mean, I like her hair, but otherwise there's not really anything special here.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    3.5 stars

  29. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    A little girl and her car race through town but is she really racing? Preschool and up

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    A flame-haired girl drives off an adventure through town and country but returns home in time to be tucked in for bed.

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