Cars Galore (Hardcover)

By Peter Stein, Bob Staake (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763647438, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Board book (10/9/2012)
Hardcover (7/1/2011)

List Price: 15.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.


Buckle up for an exuberant ride humming with energetic rhymes and whimsical, retro art from a masterful team.

(Ages 4-8)

Black car, green car,
nice car, mean car.
Near car, far car.
Whoa! Bizarre car!

Ready to hit the road? Gear up for a nonstop parade of shapes, sizes, sounds, and even smells in a wild array of cars packed with big personalities, awesome features, and eccentric passengers. Driven by Peter Stein’s bouncing verse, Bob Staake’s high-powered artwork merges vibrant color and crisp, dynamic design with humor, warmth, and whimsy. This rousing excursion is sure to thrill all fans of things that go, as well as aficionados of the illustrator’s signature style.

About the Author

Peter Stein has been a highly successful writer, editor, designer, and art director for more than twenty years. He is the author of seven gift books, including Age Is Nothing, Attitude Is Everything and Fine Friends: A Little Book About You and Me. He lives in Petaluma, California.

Bob Staake has authored and/or illustrated more than forty-two books, including The Red Lemon, a New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year. His work has graced the cover of The New Yorker a dozen times, and his November 17, 2008 Barack Obama victory cover was named Best Magazine Cover of the Year by Time magazine. He lives on Cape Cod, in Massachusetts.

Praise For Cars Galore

Like a revved up hybrid of Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks From A to Z and P D Eastman’s Go Dog Go, this book for those obsessed with all things automotive will also make them laugh. The rhyming text is upbeat and offbeat.
—The New York Times

A wacky roadway of discovery awaits readers…Seusslike rhymes and silliness…The eminently chantable text will likely make this a fast favorite with lovers of things that go, so be ready for many round trips. One bright and lively ride
—Kirkus Reviews

Rhythmic verse and lively illustrations showcase autos of every color, size, style, and speed…Crisp, clean lines and bright colors pop against the white background, while black traffic-filled roads crisscross and loop around the pages. Readers will eagerly search for and find every vehicle mentioned
—School Library Journal

This homage to the exuberant picture books of the 1960s (think P.D. Eastman) celebrates autos with unabashed pleasure… Add in the book's interactive seek-and-find dimension, and readers won't need much temptation to join a world that's this full of action
—Publisher's Weekly

There are lots of opportunities for discovery here. Kids can find each named car, they can count the cars, they can name the creatures that inhabit them, or they can simply luxuriate in the joy of Staake’s imagination
—Horn Book

Car-crazy kids can, and will, pore over the spreads, which feature novelty machines like a “hundred-feet car,” which features – count ’em – 100 feet of foot power. A rock ’n’ roll car features a stage, while a blues car is, of course, blue

Few present day illustrators convey energy with more goofy retro zeal than Bob Staake, and he puts his skill to full use in Cars Galore, a madcap paean to the improbable possibilities of the automobile. The combination of Mr Staake’s off kilter drawings and Peter Stein’s zippy, faintly Seussian rhymes is likely to please.
—Wall Street Journal

With a retro look, reminiscent of Mr. Magoo cartoons, the cars whiz along a black road that threads through the entire book.
—San Francisco Chronicle