Under the Hood
By Christophe Merlin
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763655358, 14pp.)
Publication Date: October 11, 2011
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What's wrong with Mr. Bear's car? Lift the flaps and find out! Fresh retro art tunes up a fun, interactive book that kids will be eager to take for a spin.
Welcome to Mr. Bear's garage! His car has broken down, so it's a lucky thing he's a mechanic. But where did all his helpers go? In the trunk? Behind the door? And where is that strange noise coming from? Nostalgically illustrated and lovingly crafted, each spread of this delightful book features nested flaps and foldouts revealing missing characters, special tools, and a few unexpected mechanical secrets. So roll up your sleeves, check under the hood, and get ready for a humorous, hands-on adventure from the mechanic's shop to the road and back again.
Christophe Merlin has always dreamed of being a race-car driver. The best result he's ever had in a race, however, is a broken ankle and a year off, which he dedicated to drawing. The author and illustrator of several books for children, Christophe Merlin divides his time between making art and rebuilding old cars in Paris, France.
Surprises abound in this cheeky lift-the-flap book . . . The retro aesthetic of Merlin's muted acrylics call to mind Richard Scarry's Busytown books; readers should enjoy teasing out each of the book's hidden secrets.