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The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird (No. 1 Car Spotter #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Paperback, 93 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Walker & Company
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Barb Middleton
Atinuke stitches sentences together and word plays that make reading this story aloud irresistible. Goofy, but endearing characters give a taste of African village life in this funny early chapter book. When a leopard attacks the family goats, Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, nickenamed No 1, is called upon to shoot it. "I fire a stone from my slingshot. It hits the wall. It does not even exit the window." His mama screams as the leopard attacks the goat and he fires another round. "A stone shoots ...more
Ashley Jacobson
Dec 02, 2016 Ashley Jacobson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fiction
This book is SO GREAT! I really wish it had a different cover because I never thought it looked appealing. I'm so glad I picked it up anyways. It is about a boy in an African village who can identify cars by listening to them drive by. Everyone is good at something. This is what he is No 1 at. He thinks that it's not an important skill and that he is not as good as the rest of the people in his village. But in each chapter he has a chance to problem solve and find success. Each chapter is a ...more
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
This is the second book in a planned series. In the previous book, we were introduced to village life in Africa through the eyes of a youthful, inventive, courageous boy, called No. 1. This book has a similar format of four stories with one leading into the next.

In the first story, No. 1 and the Catapult, we learn about village dangers when a leopard enters the village at night to steal goats. No. 1, who is ridiculed by friends and even family for not being able to use a catapult to help defend
Oluwalse Babatunde Benson can identify cars by the sound of their engine before he sees them drive past his village. That is why everyone calls him No. 1--because he is the No. 1 car spotter. Now there is a professor driving a Pontiac Firebird passed the village and No. 1 can hardly contain his excitement. Even as he contends with leopards, floods, construction accidents, and his family, No. 1 dreams of the Firebird. Will he ever get to see his dream car up close?

Atinuke's depiction of village l
Jun 04, 2015 Alison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I'm a big fan of Atinuke's Anna Hibiscus and sequels, and I'm now a fan of No 1!

No 1 is a little boy living in the countryside of an unnamed African country- though No 1's real name is Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, so I assume he lives in Nigeria. No 1's nickname (and all his family have nicknames!) comes from his knowledge of cars- he's the best car spotter around! And this is the premise for the story.

No 1 spends a lot of his time spotting cars when he should be picking palm n
Daniel Smith
Oct 29, 2015 Daniel Smith rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks2, ks1
This book contains lots of little stories all revolving around one boy (Oluwalase Babatunde Benson aka No.1) and his village set in South Africa (though it is not officially said), for example of the stories is about No.1 and his friends trying to scare a Leopard away from their goat herd.

I found this an OK book to read, however I can see why younger children will like to read this type of book because of the similarities to the popular 'Horrid Henry' series, where there are distinctive characte
This short chapter book featuring the No. 1 Car Spotter in the village is just as delightful as the first one. Although No. 1's ideas often meet with resistance at first, eventually they turn out to be creative solutions that end up working out just fine. For example, when a leopard preys on the villagers' goats, No. 1 is unable to use a slingshot skillfully enough to frighten the goat, but he coats a shirt with chili pepper soup and wraps in around the goat. When the leopard gets a taste of the ...more
Jul 01, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it
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I will have to find the other titles in the series. I quite liked the humor of No. 1's wildly dramatic family. No. 1 himself is an agreeable and optimistic boy, and while he's not perfect, he never gets too down on himself before finding a way to bounce back again with a clever idea. If you can approximate a Nigerian accent, this would be a fun read-aloud for young children. But even if you can't, it's still a great book for sharing or reading independently.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
No. 1 is number one at spotting cars in the village. He is also number one at coming up with ideas to help others.

Themes: Africa, family, friends, cars, inventiveness,
Characters: No. 1 (Oluwalase Babatunde Benson) and his family, Coca-Cola an his family

Artwork: black and white drawings
Author's Note: n/a just brief bios of author and illustrator

Reviewed from a library copy.
Aug 02, 2014 Bridget rated it really liked it
If you want a genuine African story this is great. Great for African kids or to expose non-African kids to African life & story telling. Great for teaching problem and solution. It's also a series so kids who like it can read more. Needs a lot of background building so non-African kids can connect. Personally, I thought it was fun.
I like the No. 1 books for their authentic portrayal of modern African village life. Fun and engaging stories.
Apr 27, 2014 Betsy rated it it was amazing
One Sentence Review: Just as good as the previous book and still smart as a whip, retaining its position as one of the best early chapter books series out there.
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Atinuke is a Nigerian storyteller and author who now resides in Wales.
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