A bike can be faster than a car, a van, a bus and a truck– see how in this Level A book, perfect for readers just starting out. “I like my bike. I like my car. I like my big car. I like my truck.” The text in this funny story is simple and repetitive–just right for new readers–but the pictures are wacky and imaginative. A sea lion chauffeurs a large shark, a cactus drives a pickup truck and a tiny mouse drives a tractor-trailer filled with cheese. But all the vehicles get stuck in traffic– except for the cyclist, who merrily rides along to a party. The pictures, in addition to supporting the text and enhancing comprehension, are chock-full of details that children will love. There are subtexts, connections, and opportunities for inference. The award-winning I Like to Read® series focuses on guided reading levels A through G, based upon Fountas and Pinnell standards. Acclaimed author-illustrators–including winners of Caldecott, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and Coretta Scott King honors–create original, high quality illustrations that support comprehension of simple text and are fun for kids to read with parents, teachers, or on their own! Level A books, suitable for early kindergarten, are ideal first books for kids to read on their own. One short sentence repeats on every page with one word change per spread. Simple plots are heavily supported by the detailed illustrations. When Level A is mastered, follow up with Level B.
ANTONGIONATA FERRARI has illustrated numerous works for children. In 2007 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award for best Italian illustrator for children. Other books for Holiday House include <i>The Kindhearted Crocodile </i>by Lucia Panzieri and <i>No Honking Allowed!</i> by Stephanie Calemenson.