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Rattletrap Car

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  252 ratings  ·  54 reviews
"A picture book that passes the fun test with flying fizz." — BOOKLIST

It’s hot. Hot, hot, hot! So Junie and Jake and Poppa and the baby want to go to the lake. But can they make it there in their rattletrap car? It doesn’t go fast, and it doesn’t go far — but with the help of some razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz, a beach ball, a surfboard, and a three-speed, wind...more
Paperback, 40 pages
Published April 12th 2004 by Candlewick Press (first published April 10th 2001)
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Amy Musser
It’s hot, hot, hot and Junie, Jakie and the baby convince Poppa to take them to the beach in their rattletrap car. They pack the car with beach toys, a thermos of razzleberry dazzleberry snazzleberry fizz and some chocolate marshmallow fudge delight. They pile in the car and Poppa starts off with a “brum brum, brum brum.” But, the rattletrap car keeps breaking down. Fortunately, the family creatively uses the items they’ve packed in the car; the beach ball to replaces the flat tire, the thermos...more
Michelle
Nov 27, 2011 Michelle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michelle by: Ellen Root
Shelves: children-s-books
One of our favorite children's books!
I don't know if it is a fav because the authors daughter recited the entire story to my 4 & 11 year old on a BWCA trip (without book in hand) and did it in such a way that made the story unforgettable and special or if it's because the story is just that good. Maybe a bit of both :)

The story is fun & oddly relatable (my kids always have solutions to the obstacles we face when we travel). The family is taking their rattletrap car to the lake, dad isn...more
Connie
Okay, so this book is not really very realistic. You can't really replace wheels with beach balls or engines with toy boats.

But it's fun to pretend you can when reading :)

And anyway, this book is such a delight to read aloud that I don't suppose it matters about the family's unorthodox method of transport. I mean, try to say this out loud without grinning:

Poppa turned the key
brum, brum, brum, brum.
Flippita fluppita
fizzelly sizzelly
wappity bappity
lumpety bumpety
clinkety clankety
bing bang
POP!

You c...more
Hannah
"Junie was hot. Jakie was hot. Even the baby was hot, hot, hot". We've read this book a bazillion times but still LOVE IT!!!! My kids go nuts about it. If they even see it anywhere then we have to read it about 12 times in a row. It's a winner.
Kelsey
It is a pain to read over and over as the parent, but my daughter LOVED this book and wanted it read every time story time until it was due back at the library.
Kyjafree
junie , jakie, and the baby convince there poppa to take them to the lake in there rattletrap car. poppas care wasn't in good condition but he took them anyway. the kids brought there stuff they wanted to take to the lake. poppa bring marshmallow fudge delight and razzleberry, dazzleberry, snazzleberry, fizz. they went off to the lake but they didn't go fast and they didn't go far. the truck kept breaking down so the kids toys came in handy. in they hooked all the stuff up with marshmallow fudge...more
Keyilah Lacy
Its about a rattletrap car.It is hot day for poppa,junie, jakie and baby so they go to the lake for the day.Poppa did not no if they would make it because the car did not go fast and it doesn't go far so he give it a try the car brok down so meny times and they fixs it and they mad it to a rattletrap car and they mad ti to the lake
Lleonardocampos
It about a rattletrap car.It is hot day for poppa,junie, jakie and baby so they go to the lake for the day.Poppa did not no if they would make it because the car did not go fast and it doesn't go far so he give it a try the car brok down so meny times and they fixs it and they mad it to a rattletrap car and they mad ti to the lake.
Tricia Douglas
I was searching for books for my grandchildren and found this one especially for my two boys, 2 and 4. It's very imaginative with repetitive rhymes and language. When Poppa's children want to go to the lake Poppa doesn't think his old car will make it. Throughout the story the car continually breaks down, but repairs are made with the special items each child decided to bring on the trip. They finally make it to the lake and have a great time. Really cute illustrations and story. What bothered m...more
Sky
My favourite book on my 2yr olds bookshelf. I always suggest this book first for reading time because I enjoy reading it aloud.
Candice
My almost-three-year-old granddaughter loves this book, and I love reading it to her! It's fun from the first page to the last. Colorful illustrations and a great storyline and choice of words make this a winner. Junie, Jakie, Baby and Papa are hot, hot, hot so they head to the lake in their rattletrap car which starts with a brum brum brum brum and stops with a bing bang pop! True to its name, the rattletrap car that doesn't go fast and doesn't go far breaks down repeatedly. But each of its pas...more
Alison Slack
Language Feature: compound and fun words.
Alice
This book was fun and I love the onomatopoeia. This was afun story for any one who has been in clunky old car wondering if you will ever make it to your destination. My co worker -who I read this aloud too--wondered if the beach was only a block away because there could be no way that the car could make there farther than that. And also, the books talks about Poppa, but where is the mother?? Just things I wonder about as there is a baby in the story.
Andrea
Great read aloud for toddler to six/seven years old. A family wants to go to the lake on a hot day but they are not sure their old 'Rattletrap' car will make it. The rest of the story tells how they all pull together to get the car to the lake. They use some very funny, creative methods to get there and back. Many sound words and repetition that kids will love. Illustrations are reminiscent of the WPA or the Rockwell era.
Victoria Hill
I liked the message this book has; the children and the father were willing to give up their toy so everyone could make it to the lake. It was a joy to see the inventiveness and persistence of the characters in this book, you find yourself rooting for them to get to that lake! The sounds and words flow on each page making it mesmerizing to read, and sounding out all the sounds of the car makes it that much more fun to read!
Bunnyjadwiga
Phyllis Root plays to her strengths in this silly tall tale in which the family nurses their rattletrap car-- which wouldn't go fast and it wouldn't go far-- to the lake on a hot day by replacing damaged parts with far-fetched substitutes. Lots of good alliteration makes this a privilege to read out loud. (Like Root, I have also nursed my share of rattletrap cars, but without nearly as positive an outcome as her characters!)
Susan Pace-Koch
Phyllis Root with a winner! Jill Barton, as illustrator was up to the task of making each page and kid come alive. I didn't intend to buy this book, but the little girl in the yellow polka dot dress with the pouty face was too charming to resist. A very fun 'read' for anybody on a hot summer day and for those wishing or missing summer fun.
Kerry Kenney
This is one of our top ten bed time books. Just enough of a story to keep me interested and not confuse him. Also, this is a story that features Dad and the kids (no mom in sight) and fun read alout words like Razzleberry Dazzleberry fizz and Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge delight and Bang! Boom!

We love this book to death, get it in hardcover!
Catz
This was delightful. It was our book of the monthnbut we continued reading it a lot afterwards. My Pre-K students enjoyed it really well. I would recommend this for classroom and personal libraries.

The family decide to go to the lake because it's so hot. So they go in the Rattlentrap car. Do they make it? It's very funny and entertaining.
Wooden Horse
I'm tempted to add a "tongue-twister" shelf. We were in a fit of giggles by the middle no thanks to my stumbling over the words and the astute three year old correcting me. In my defense I was trying to be silly and read "brum brum fizzelly sizzelly wappity babbity lumpety bumpety clinkety clankey bing bang pop" as fast as I could.
Danielle Simmons
The book might not be the most realistic for kids ( using beach balls and other things for car parts), but the message is great! The kids give up their toys to help the family make it to the beach. Sacrifices for the good of the family is a great thing to learn in young families, and this book shows how great giving can be for a family.
Heather
26 months - not really sure how to rate this one. My husband didn't really like it and my daughter never wanted to read it after the first time. I convinced her to give it one more read so I could read it at least once. Not very realistic but I thought it was fun, repetitive but in a fun way with rhyming car sounds.
Christina
Children's books don't usually get reviewed on my goodreads, but both my kids love this book. They love the fun sounds of the words and the storryline as well. Ava is always asking me if the kids lick their fingers after fixing the car with "chocolate marshmallow fudge delight."
Ina
With lots of car sounds in the text and a repeating refrain, this is a great summer read aloud. A father and his three kids have an adventure getting to the lake on a very hot day in their rattletrap car. The illustrations are beautiful and filled with humor.
Savannah
Filled with onomatopoeias, this entertaining book is about a family trying to take a trip. Its a great book to just share a laugh with your students or maybe to read to them right before they go on Spring Break where there family might be taking similar trips.
Erin
Apr 06, 2010 Erin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mentor-text-set
Teachers can use this book to teach students how to choose the right words for their writing. It is a great book for teaching about onomatopoeia, sound words, to young children. I also love how Writing Fix uses this book to teach idea development.
Kelly
Illustrated by Jill Barton. With great rhyming and repetition and LOTS of silly words, this is an excellent read-aloud. The story is just SO silly that the kids can't help but be entertained. I'll definitely be reading this at storytime.
Natalie
Jun 21, 2008 Natalie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE with kids
This is a wonderful children's book about a family in, roughly, the 30's, who want to go to the lake on a hot, hot, day. The only problem is they only have their rattletrap car which "doesn't go fast and doesn't go far".
Janae
W LOVED this book! It is super cute and fanciful:) A dad tries to take the kids to the lake, but their old "rattletrap car" keeps on breaking down. They use their beach items to fix the car and keep it moving.
Mrs Bond
Family tries to go on an outing but the car acts up. With MacGyver like resourcefulness, they use what they brought with them to fix the car. Reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, without the catchy tune.
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"Picture books are performances," says Phyllis Root, quoting some sage advice she once received. "They're performances that involve a child--something both of you do. And once I started thinking of them that way, I started getting much looser about making up words and playing around with rhythm."

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