Car Show Countdown


Children - Concept
32 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2021
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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

If you liked the Disney movie Cars, you’ll love the book Car Show Countdown. Outstanding illustrations made me want to open and read the book, while the rhyming story kept me interested. Each vehicle has a name and a number, which should help children learning to count or read. Children love books that rhyme. With just a few rhyming lines per page, author Karen J. Moore manages to name the car and identify one of its outstanding features. Parents and children will enjoy reading the story and looking at the emotional expressions of the car drawings. I believe school libraries will also benefit from this book since it is an interesting story with outstanding artwork and added educational value.

I think the illustrations in Car Show Countdown will attract children’s attention and draw children into the book. Parents will like the interesting story and its subtle educational value of counting and learning new words. Some parents may even recognize some of the classic cars in the artwork. Illustrator Jack Foster has provided beautiful, full-color images for each car with a fun, but accurate rendering. The facial expressions on each vehicle are fun to look at—and some are hilarious. Bright and vibrant colors and cartoon eyes bring each automobile to life. Author Karen J. Moore provides a wonderful twist at the very end of the tale that will leave readers wondering about the size of the classic cars. Hang on tight—you’re about to take part in a competition with 10 classic cars.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Ten classic cars are showing off, strutting you might say, their stuff. It’s a friendly competition to see which car is the most spectacular. Is it the pink Cadillac with hydraulics lifted front and back tires? That’s Number 8 in the row. But, wait a minute. How about Number 5, the purple Hot Rod? Or, my favorite, Number 1, the red Corvette? Each car boasts something unique that makes it special. Why? Because each car is very special in its own way. Just like people.

Karen J Moore’s picture book story, Car Show Countdown, is a clever way to encourage young car enthusiasts to read and share in the fun of choosing who’s the best. It’s never an easy choice, but it can be fair and it can be fun. Told in rhyming verse, the author uses this car show scenario to also teach the numbers 1 to 10, to introduce interesting parts about each car in simple but adequate descriptions, and to identify each car. The young reader will learn to read along, recognize numbers, car parts and the written names of the ten different makes of cars. As well as reading and counting skills, the young reader will learn to appreciate accepting and honoring everyone for what makes them so unique and special. As each car is introduced, its special traits are highlighted. And, though the decision of choosing the winner might be difficult, it’s good to know that for one show there is only one winner, but there never really is any losers. For, when you think about it, just trying in a competition or anything else in life makes us all winners. A simple story with a powerful message.

Lesley Jones

In Car Show Countdown by Karen J Moore, ten bright and colorful cars are getting ready for an exciting but friendly competition with one another. Among the competitors are a pink Cadillac with amazing hydraulics, a red Corvette whose engine roars loudly, a dark blue Jeep, a purple Hot Rod, and a yellow Ford. Each car has its own talents and has an equal chance of winning. As the competition begins, everyone wonders who will finally win. Will the nine other cars congratulate the winner and go home together as friends?

Car Show Countdown by Karen J Moore is such a beautifully written story. It has a very simple theme but such powerful messages are cleverly woven throughout. The children not only learn about numbers, counting, and colors but also the importance of friendship and healthy competition. The storyline does not deter children from competing with one another but encourages them to appreciate kindness and being supportive over winning. I also loved how each car had its own special talents which highlight to young readers how we are all different and that is what is wonderful about living in a diverse world. We each have unique gifts and that's what makes society, as a whole, refreshing and interesting. The illustrations were impeccable with so many discussion points that can be shared between child and adult. The final illustration was completely heartwarming.

Vernita Naylor

Picture books offer many benefits from inciting children to want to learn how to read to an excellent way to get a child to continue reading. This beautifully illustrated children's book, Car Show Countdown by Karen J Moore, with illustrations by Jack Foster, will get your child excited about reading while counting and learning about classic cars. Ten classic cars are lined up in a row, geared up for the audience and ready to display their skills and win the competition. Classics from a Skylark, Bel-Air, Jeep, Dodge Dart, and a Mustang to a T-Bird in the wonderful colors of the rainbow are set to take off. As your child reads this book, they will enjoy the rhythm and rhyme of the story as each car is presented in its own unique style. When words rhyme it creates a rhythm in the mind which is memorable and easy to retain. This process is the same as counting when it's associated with something like classic cars. Let your child take in all the excitement of this book. Hear the vroom of the pistons. See the flames shoot out. Listen to the boom from the speakers. Watch the hydraulic lift. Let's see who will win this competition?

I was excited when I saw this book because I love cars. I am a collector of model cars and have a variety from a Jaguar and a Corvette to a Jeep. As I was, I'm sure that your child will want to add this book to their collection because it offers so much for them to enjoy. In this book, they will learn how to count, connect with words through rhyme, enjoy vivid colors, and become familiar with classic cars. Karen J Moore with a background as a Title 1 Instructional Aide and Literacy Tutor has used her expertise to cleverly craft this book to sharpen children's learning, developmental and cognitive functions. Car Show Countdown is highly recommended. Get your copy today and tell others about this wonderful book.

Joy Hannabass

As the pistons clang and the music blares, this little Car Show Countdown is about to begin. Karen J. Moore's children's book is about ten cars that are in this particular car show. There are cars of all shapes, sizes, colors, and models. All the cars have their own unique look and talents. Of course this being a car show, each car is polished up to their very best for the show that might make them the winner.

There are several unique things that make this a book of cars not only for boys but for girls as well. Car Show Countdown has a pink car and cars in other colors that girls love. It is not just about the car show too. The book also teaches children colors and numbers in its own unique way. Children will hear the numbers 1 through 10 several times as they listen to the story. They will also love all the beautiful cars that are different on each page, as well as the beautiful vivid colors of each car, making this a book of many talents. The pictures throughout are more than adorable and will help children learn and understand the story better. After hearing the story, young children will be able to look at the pictures and tell the story for themselves.

Illustrator Jack Foster is the go-to person for illustrating children's cars. I love these ten cars Foster creates, they are among the cutest cars ever. I have read this book and spent so much time looking at these cute cars. Aside from the cars, I love the special, peaceful last page featuring this small boy. Car Show Countdown is a precious and valuable little book that should be in every daycare, preschool and kindergarten library, as well as your child's library.