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Under the Hood

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  46 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
What's wrong with Mr. Bear's car? Lift the flaps and find out! Fresh retro art tunes up a fun, interactive book that kids will be eager to take for a spin.

Welcome to Mr. Bear's garage! His car has broken down, so it's a lucky thing he's a mechanic. But where did all his helpers go? In the trunk? Behind the door? And where is that strange noise coming from? Nostalgically il
Hardcover, 14 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Candlewick Press
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Amy Forrester
Aug 07, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
Bear’s car has broken down and it’s in the garage to be fixed. Bear opens his garage ready to fix his car. But where are his friends? Lift the flaps to find Bear’s friends, Crocodile, Mouse, and Bird, and to figure out what’s wrong with the car. Once you help Bear find all the items for his emergency toolbox, it’s time to test drive the car. Bear’s car may not make it home without a little tow truck help, but that’s ok he’s got some great friends to help him out.

This large book is best enjoyed b
R. C.
Mar 11, 2014 R. C. rated it liked it
Maybe not all kids who are obsessed with things that go want their books filled with facts, but all the kids I know like that do, and so we found this disappointing, even though it was funny and cute. Maybe a good book to read with a kid who isn't into things with wheels but is into funny animals and lift-the-flap books, so that you can introduce simple car vocab like "hood" and "engine"?
Dec 23, 2011 Treasure rated it liked it
This lift-the-flap book is short on plot, but contains plenty of flaps for children to play with and ultimately destroy. The book has brief, bold text and cartoony, old- fashioned illustrations of a bear, mouse, bird, and alligator as they work to fix and ultimately race a car.
Each page contains multiple flaps (some of which are rather hard to actually dig out of the page in order to lift) and there is usually more, brief text under the flap. The center page folds out to an impressive poster si
Nov 05, 2011 Kendra rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Weird. It isn't obvious in which order to lift the flaps and the words under the flaps are pretty confusing at times. One of the first pages reveals crocodile under the hood but the flap also says "and Bird? What are you doing?" but as far as I can tell there is no bird on that page. ?? Kids will like the book just because it has flaps, but it isn't very readable and the story is pretty boring and bear looks pretty angry throughout. He's not a happy fellow.
Feb 05, 2012 Joenna rated it it was amazing
A mechanic welcomes the reader to his garage where he will try to fix his car, but first needs help in finding his friends, Mouse, Crocodile, and Bird under lift-up flaps and fold-out pages.

The amount of flaps is amazing. Great for a one-on-one read.
Not very educational in terms of cars or new vocabulary, but flaps within flaps and silly humor make this a likely choice for young, reluctant readers.
May 04, 2012 Dianna rated it liked it
Not much going on with the story here, but there are lots and lots of flaps (and flaps within flaps within flaps) to keep little ones busy.
Dec 21, 2011 Beth rated it liked it
Love the style but a missed opportunity re: vocabulary enrichment.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 29, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it liked it
Shelves: pop-up-moveable
Interactive fun with some cute surprises.
Linda Atkinson
Oct 13, 2011 Linda Atkinson rated it really liked it
Lift the flap garage fun. Recommended for 3+
Nov 06, 2011 Thia added it
Shelves: preschool
mechanics, lift the flap, cars
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Christophe Merlin has always dreamed of being a race-car driver. The best result he’s ever had in a race, however, is a broken ankle and a year off, which he dedicated to drawing. The author and illustrator of several books for children, Christophe Merlin divides his time between making art and rebuilding old cars in Paris, France.
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