Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spotlight Book Tour & Giveaway! Calling All Cars by Sue Fliess, Illustrated by Sarah Beise (Childrens book)

Calling All Cars
Written by Sue Fliess
Illustrated by Sarah Beise
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Genre: Childrens book
Publication Date: March 1, 2016

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Description from Publisher: Big cars, small cars, let’s call ALL cars! This bouncy text explores the wonderful world of cars zipping up, down, fast, and slow. A perfect basic concept books for eager young learners from the author of Tons of Trucks. Then cruise into bedtime!

Rest cars, Hush cars
No more rush, cars.
Cars pull in, turn off the light.
Sweet dreams, sleepy cars...goodnight!

Filled with vibrant art, adorable animal characters, and cars of all kinds from love bugs to the demolition derby, Calling All Cars is for every child who loves to read about things that go! Surprise bonus—follow one long road throughout this vividly imagined world and don’t miss the hidden clues in the artwork!

Praise for Calling All Cars:
“Each double-page spread offers a surplus of amusing sights: three pigs in a convertible, a kitten chauffeuring a royal pair of lions, love-struck snakes hugging and tugging their cars too close together. Beise’s digital illustrations pop with vivid colors…. [Fliess’] rhyming couplets bounce off the page.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This successful collaboration combines brisk and spirited writing with bold, effervescent pictures and will have wide appeal to young readers. Fliess’s punchy rhymes mimic the speed and energy of the cars being described, making for a lively read-aloud… Young car enthusiasts will enjoy the ride through this zippy, robust picture book.” —School Library Journal

My Rating:

I received an ebook ARC from the publisher through in exchange for an unbiased, honest review. My opinion is my own.

This is really cute! I love how much is going on, on every page and how colorful it is. And the illustrations are wonderful! My 3-year-old son LOVES cars, so I knew I needed to request this one on NetGalley as soon as I saw the cover. We've read it several times already and he really likes pointing out the animals driving the cars, what the cars and animals are doing, and which cars he thought were which.

I think that any parent becomes a bit of an expert on figuring out good childrens' books and not-so-good ones, and this one is excellent! The rhymes worked well, the art style was interesting and fun, and it has a lot of re-reading value, especially since your kid will, like my son, notice something new each time you open it up.

I also wanted to be sure to note the cuteness of the last page with the boy cuddled up with the car. There are very few nights that my son doesn't bring at least one of his toy cars to bed with him, so he and I were both delighted at that page.

Author Sue Fliess
About the Author: Sue Fliess is the author of more than a dozen children’s books, including the popular Tons of Trucks and Robots, Robots Everywhere! Her background is in copywriting, PR, and marketing, and her articles have appeared in O, the Oprah Magazine; Huffington Post; Writer’s Digest; and more. Her article from O, the Oprah Magazine was chosen for inclusion in O’s Little Book of Happiness (March 2015). Sue lives with her family and a Lab named Charlie in Northern Virginia. Visit her online at

About the Illustrator: Sarah Beise, a graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, is an innovative illustrator and designer who loves to create fun and unique characters that help tell stories. Originally from Matthews, NC she now makes Kansas City her home along with her two dogs, Maxwell and Mazzie May. For more info visit

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