The Broken Cart

The Art of Early Learning Series Book 5

Children - Preschool
36 Pages
Reviewed on 09/14/2015
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Author Biography

When it comes to babies, D. A. Batrowny has a simple philosophy,
Relax and Read a children’s book!

As the mind behind the children’s character Smart Art and the Art of Early Learning Series of children’s books and The Early Ed Series, she has devoted her life to sharing the secrets about how parents can build the foundation their child will need for the future success… right from birth.

Her extensive background includes over 25 years working with children and families as a nurse home visitor, longitudinal research interviewer, children’s nonprofit Program Director, writer and Coordinator of the nurse home visiting component of a county-wide school readiness program.

She has bundled all of that experience into one fun children’s series that will help you transform your child’s future!

Currently families in the U.S, Serbia, Algeria, Panama, Brazil, Columbia, Nicaragua, Canada, and the UK are enjoying Smart Art and The Early Ed Series!

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

D.A. Batrowny’s The Broken Cart is a good book for children learning how to read. The story follows Smart Artt as he goes to the circus with his family. Upon hearing that the circus is closed due to a broken cart, he attempts to repair it and ends up saving the day.

The Broken Cart is a great book for parents to read with their children. The children are able to focus on the colorful illustrations and find what Smart Artt is looking for in the picture. It is also a good book for children who are just learning to read. The words are easy and some are repetitive, which helps children to recognize them on sight. My four-year-old was able to read the book with ease and enjoyed the different circus animals in the book. At the back of the book there is information for parents on what they can expect from their child when they reach the age of three. I found this information helpful and compared it with my own child’s development.

D.A. Batrowny has four other books in her Smart Artt series with The Broken Cart being the fifth book. The first book, Welcome Smart Artt, features Smart Artt as a baby. I really like how the Smart Artt series grows with your child. This is the type of series that I would like my child to read. I look forward to reading more Smart Artt books with my child in the future.

Celia Carlile "Artist and

Calling Parents of Three Year Olds
This is the fifth book in the series and Smart Artt is now three years old. He and his parents visit the circus but when they arrive there is a problem. As usual Smart Artt has a plan and manages to save the day. At the end of the book there is a list of the developmental milestones many children of this age can perform. There is also a list of activities to promote growth and development.

Lisa's Kids' Book Reviews

A Fantastically Fun Book. This entertaining book is number five in the Smart Artt Early Learning Series and as it’s for an older group of children, it shines with new and advanced items for the young one to absorb. The storyline is interesting and on target for the age stage of the child. The story begins with Smart Artt having a book about the circus where he recognized all the animals when his grandfather reads it to him. A wonderful day is planned to visit the circus since it is in town. There is disappointment when they arrive and see the circus is closed, but that doesn’t stop Smart Artt’s clever actions mixed with a slight bit of chaos to turn things around. You’ll have to read the book to find out exactly what Smart Artt does to make everything right. The artwork is advanced in structure and color, each depicting the storyline and capturing the essence of silliness and brilliance throughout. Kids will certainly enjoy this book from cover to cover whether it’s read to them or they’re able to read it on their own.

Cohen S.

Must read this one! your enjoyment is guaranteed.


Things are not quite right at the circus. Smart Artt makes a new friend. Can Smart and his new friend save the day? Nice illustrations accompany this fast paced story.

Girl and Dogs Review

Another fantastic book about Smart Artt. In this wonderful addition the Smart Artt series, Smart must help a monkey if he wants to save the circus so that all the people who want to go and see it won't be sad. The illustrations are great, especially the part where the monkey is throwing tools down to Smart. Once again, there is a page with developmental milestones (this time for three-year-olds.) Three cheers for D.A. Batrowny and Smart Artt!

M.J. Kinsman

In Book 5 of this fun, educational series for both kids and their parents, young Smart Artt is 3 years old, and he's off to the circus. When the circus has a problem with a broken animal cart, Smart Artt is soon to be found behind the scenes trying to find a solution. Things rarely seem to go quite as planned for this young man, yet his valiant efforts, combined with sheer luck, yet again manage to save the day.

A great series for new parents, which explains important developmental milestones for children from 0 to 3 years old. The books also give age appropriate activities, and a set of colourful-illustrated books that parents can enjoy reading with their youngsters.