Best Books for Kids: Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go


If you want to find the best books for kids, you’ve come to the right place!  Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go is a wonderful book that will surely captivate you and your children every time you read it.  Zoom along with Sweet on Books’ Melissa Gaynor as she explains why:

What You Need to Know:

• This is a book that your child will read over and over again!
• More than thirty years after it was first published, it is still extremely relevant.
• A great selection for boys or anyone that loves transportation.
• Bring this one in the car or to a restaurant – the silly and entertaining details will keep your reader happily occupied.
• Richard Scarry’s special characters have appeared in many other fun books, as well as television and video.


When Richard Scarry said “I’m not interested in creating a book that is read once and then placed on the shelf and forgotten” he must have had my son in mind. We spent hours reading and re-reading Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, always finding something new in the detailed drawings. Each page is filled with anthropomorphic animals and colorful vehicles, all on a mission. The Pig Family is going on a picnic, Officer Flossy is chasing a terrible driver named Dingo Dog, Mistress Mouse is making auto repairs, and Goldbug simply shows up everywhere. The illustrations emphasize the action and motion on each page, as hats fly in the air, products fall off the trucks and vehicles of every size, shape and form race by.

While there are the usual trucks, boats, planes and cars on every page, the reason Richard Scarry’s book is so unique is that readers can also find wildly imaginative forms of transportation with every page they turn. There’s an ant bus, a 2-seater crayon car, an apple van and a pickle truck. Ahead of his time, Scarry even included a battery-powered car. The creative characters, vehicles, descriptions and events push readers to take their own imaginations to new levels and prompt them to look more carefully at the world around them. Readers also have fun keeping track of Dingo Dog as he tries to evade Officer Flossy, and little Goldbug who is cleverly hidden throughout the story. This book is a treasure!

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