Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Children’s Book Review, Busy Wheels Series

Children’s Book Review, Busy Wheels Series

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Many children adore books about things that go. Here’s a series of children's picture books tailor-made for them. Some of the books in the Busy Wheels series are by Peter Bently and Martha Lightfoot, others by Mandy Archer and Martha Lightfoot, but all were published by Scholastic Australia. (First published by QED in the UK.)

Up and down, here and there,
busy wheels are everywhere!

There are several books in the Busy Wheels series. It’s aimed at pre-schoolers but each works well also as a beginning book for emergent readers. At only RRP $Au9.99, I think they represent good value. Kids who love trucks and cars will think so too!

Here are the Busy Wheels books I’ve read. All are by Peter Bently and Martha Lightfoot, and were published in Australia at the end of 2013:

Busy Wheels: Ambulance in Action

A call comes in to the ambulance station. It’s an emergency! Ambulance and the meerkat crew spring into action and hurry to the accident...

Busy Wheels: Police Car on Patrol

Who is stealing the famous paintings — and where are they hiding them? Join Police Car and the cats on patrol as they try to catch the sneaky thief!

Busy Wheels: Monster Truck Mountain Rescue

Mouse and Monster Truck are driving home after a race. A climber is stuck on the mountain but no one can reach her. Monster Truck to the rescue!

Dumper Truck Dash

Beaver and Dumper Truck are helping to build the new town hall. But it starts to rain, and the town might flood - can Dumper Truck help?

What I like: these books are very well done. There’s lots for kids to enjoy, but there’s a little learning too. I love the clear and labelled pictures of each vehicle at the back, great for teaching visual literacy. I also like the way, despite the simple sentence structure, Bently builds tension and a sense of urgency in each story. Lightfoot’s colourful illustrations are full of action, and her animal characters are cute and endearing.

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