Going Places (Hardcover)

By Paul A. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781442466081, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 18, 2014

List Price: 17.99*
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A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

It's time for this year's Going Places contest Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it--and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build.

Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn't seem to be in a hurry...and that sure doesn't look like anybody else's go-cart

But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there's only one way to cross the finish line?

This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box--both figuratively and literally--is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between.

Praise For Going Places

"The story and illustrations perfectly complement each other. The text captures the discovery of new ideas, teamwork, and the joys of creating. The art brings them all to life with detailed, cartoon digital pictures that show great facial expressions, the fun of building, and the action of the race while leaving plenty of white space so as not to overwhelm. A fun story that will get kids thinking (maybe even outside the box)." - School Library Journal

"While the message about outside-the-box thinking is impossible to miss, the book is also an observation about how opposite temperaments can lead to successful collaborations. Still, Maya is a strong figure; Rafael's view of her over the fence as she experiments with a set of geared wings and pedals is an encouraging vision of the 'maker' child who prefers crafting things herself to watching them on a screen." - Publishers Weekly

"This satisfying picture book inspires can-do attitude combining imagination, invention, and engineering." - Booklist

"An ode to creativity and individuality to be sure, but the Reynolds brothers are also taking a swipe at modern education: Endless repetition and following instructions without question create a culture of conformity. Hopefully now, readers will see infinite possibility every time the system hands them an identical go-kart box. Not astonishingly go-out-and-buy-it-at-graduation inspirational, but all it takes is one seed of change to be planted." - Kirkus Reviews