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Red Wagon

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  870 ratings  ·  132 reviews
A simple story about complex imaginations, now in board book!

All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary
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Board Book, 32 pages
Published May 16th 2013 by Philomel Books (first published February 17th 2011)
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Abigail
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young Children Who Enjoy Games of Make Believe
Recommended to Abigail by: Kathryn
Renata Liwska, the talented Polish-born illustrator who created the lovely artwork for Deborah Underwood's The Quiet Book , The Loud Book! and The Christmas Quiet Book , takes up the role of author as well in this sweet picture-book, which follows the story of Lucy, a little fox who wants nothing more than to play with her new red wagon. When her mother dispatches her to the market to fetch some vegetables, Lucy is unhappy at first, seeing this as a chore. But soon her friends join her ...more
Candice
May 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie
Shelves: picture-books
In my read-a-picture-book-a-day project, I have "met" so many wonderful authors and illustrators. I LOVE Renata Liwska's illustrations, and now see that she is as charming with words as she is with pictures. This is the story of Lucy, the little fox, who has a brand new red wagon. Before she can play with it, her mother asks her to use the wagon to go to the store. To Lucy, that does not sound like much fun. But with hedgehog, raccoon, squirrel, bunny, bear and bird friends in tow Lucy sets off ...more
Kathryn
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sooo darling! I love Renata Liwska's artwork from The Quiet Book series and the characters here are of that same cute, cuddly ilk.

Here, little Lucy wants to play with her red wagon but busy mama needs Lucy's help gathering groceries at the market. *sigh* On her way to the market, Lucy meets some friends and together they have a wonderful journey together as the red wagon takes on many new and thrilling identities. The ending is really adorable and highlights the marvelous talent children have i
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Haines Eason
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liwska's creatures are fully realized and completely intertwined, and as a group they are terribly charming (though I have to admit I'm in love with the hedgehog). The story is simple - a trip to and from the market using a wagon for the groceries - and this leaves room to explore the wagon's transformations (the heart of the book) with your little one. A must-have book for the nursery.
Tasha
Dec 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Lucy has a bright-red new wagon that she wants to play with so badly. When she asks her mother though, her mother sends her on an errand to the market. Lucy takes her red wagon to help her, but isn’t sure that it sounds like much fun. On the way, Lucy and her friends have great imaginary adventures that include surviving a flood, being part of a wagon train, performing in a circus, and flying in a rocket. By the time she gets back to her mother, Lucy is tuckered out completely but finally is fre ...more
Allison Parker
Lucy wants to play with her new red wagon, but her mother asks her to go to market with it instead. "That sounded like a chore. Lucy didn't want to do chores." But she listens to her mother, and completes the task. While the narration describes the mundane details of the journey, the charming, cheery illustrations tell the REAL story: joined by her friends, Lucy's wagon is transformed with each turn of the page into a pirate ship, a circus caravan, a chugging train. This book would be a wonderfu ...more
Tricia
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy is excited to play with her new wagon--but her mother sends her to the market on a mission so fun must wait. Or must it? Highly imaginative illustrations transform the wagon on the journey to and from the market, showing the enjoyment of Lucy and her friends ranging from battling ocean waves to chugging their train down the road. I would definitely use this for a preschool storytime. While the fantasy scenes won't stand out as much for younger readers in that range, the pre-K crowd will be ...more
Kayla
Mar 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give the illustrations 4 stars, but the story wasn't as engaging.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
By the illustrator of The Quiet Book and The Loud Book, a warm, playful story with adorable animal characters.
Margaret Chind
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Shelves: preschool
Very cute, full of imagination.
Brooke Milone
Lucy, the fox got a brand new red wagon, and her mother asked her to go to the market. She went with her friends, a rabbit, a raccoon, and a porky pine. At the top of the hill it started to rain and on the way down they were floating on waves. By the time they left the market they were connecting carts to the wagon acting like it was a train. While going down the big hill once again they hit a bump so hard they flew into the air and were in space ships. By the time she got home to play with the ...more
Amanda Whitaker
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Wagon by Renata Liwska, is a picture book filled with disguised adventure. The little fox only wants to play, but her mother has other plans. After reluctantly going on an errand, the little fox quickly becomes engulfed in her journey. The wagon turns into a ship, a rocket, and even a train. When children use their imagination, even the most mundane tasks become exciting.
Rachel Hancock
Red Wagon is about a little fox name Lucy. Lucy has a new wagon that she wants to play with but she has to go to the market and get vegetables for her mother in order to play with the wagon. Lucy goes on quite the adventure to and from the market. This book has very charming illustrations and is wonderfully written.
Zoe's Human
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt
Lucy the fox is eager to play with her new red wagon, but her mother has sent her to the store with it instead. It's such a chore! Or is it? The art belies the words in this wonderful story about the joy of imagination.

Red wagon is suitable for themes of playing, imagination, make believe, chores, the color red, and foxes.

Appropriate for ages 3 to 5.
Jordan Turner
Pretty cute story about imagination and adventures. And shows how fun chores can be if you try to be positive and make it a little creative. Children love reading this book, or having it read to them. Easy read with great illustrations.
Lynn  Davidson
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Renata has a new red wagon, so her mother suggests she use it to go to the market for her. Although Renata just wants to play, she obeys her mother but has imaginative adventures there and back. Fun illustrations and cute ending.
Stephanie
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime
Story Time

Theme: The Color Red

Ages: Virtual

Lucy has a new wagon and wants to play with it. Her mother wants her to use it to go to the market and so Lucy does.

It's a very simple story, a line of text for every other page, but perfect for storytime
Mary
Cute story about how much more interesting a chore can be if one has imagination!

First Line" Lucy had a brand-new little red wagon."
Heather
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of my kids love this book! It's a cute adventure story
Michelle
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked her imagination
Emma
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet story about play and imagination!
Hααlεч ♥ Fιѕнεя
This was a cute book about imagination. I loved the illustrations. They told a completely different story than the words.
Elaine
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytimes
The mom'll never know about the vegetables!
Dolly
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their little ones
Shelves: 2011, childrens
I read this book at our girls' elementary school library. I occasionally help out with shelving, and I love to attend when our girls are there for library class (usually they have storytime and library instruction.) I am trying to learn as much about being an elementary school librarian, since I think that will be my next career after I retire from the military. But I digress (I do that a lot!)

In any case, I discovered this book while I was shelving books and the cover illustration looked so cu
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Hannah Kersting
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy found a new red wagon and wanted to play with it, but her mother made her do chores first. "Lucy didn't want to do chores." This book is about a little fox who finds a red wagon and wants to run and play with it. Her mother said that she can play with it as soon as she goes to the market to get her vegetables. The little fox and her friends have to drag the wagon up hills, through the rain, through the heat, and over rocks. Once they get to the market she gathers up all of the vegetables an ...more
Bridget R. Wilson
Lucy loves her new red wagon. She can't wait to play with it, but playing will have to wait because Lucy's mom sends her and her wagon on an errand. To market they go! On the way, Lucy and her friends have some highly imaginative adventures with the red wagon. It becomes a sailboat, a covered wagon, a circus caboose, a train, a rocket ship, and a truck. When your imagination is in the wight place, even chores can be fun!

What I thought: Such a great book. Most kids have owned red wagons at one ti
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Angie
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
Synopsis:"All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn't want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy's fun."

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Lindsay
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red Wagon has a great plot: Lucy, a hedgehog, wants to play with her red wagon, but her mother sends her on an errand to the market to buy vegetables. Lucy takes her wagon and friends with her and it becomes a fun adventure. Fuelled by her vivid imagination, the chore is transformed into a playtime fantasy. Each couple of pages shows a different theme of the adventure: high-seas, a ride through outer space, a day at the circus, a train ride, a construction zone, etc. The illustrations were sweet ...more
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Lucy wants to play with her little red wagon but her mother wants her to use it to fetch veggies from the market. Dismayed, Lucy journeys to the market with her friends trailing along behind. It rains along the way, the sun comes back out, and they finally make it to the market and then return home. Once there, Lucy is too tired to really play with her wagon because all the fun was had on the journey.

The pictures tell a bigger, more in-depth story than the words. They show some of the amazing t
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Christen
Jul 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy the fox wants to play with her brand new wagon. Instead, her mother sends her to market to purchase groceries. Her friends tag behind and soon they are having adventures. The illustrations humorously embellish the understated text, telling a different story, such as when Lucy gets to the bottom of the hill during a rain shower, showing the characters using the wagon as a boat in the middle of a wave-rocked sea. Although the large text and few words may suggest that this book is best suited ...more
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Originally from Poland, I live in Canada with my illustrator husband Mike Kerr.
Growing up in Europe I went to a high school where the main focus was art. I got a strong foundation in the basics of image making, such as drawing, painting, design, and sculpture. When I came to Canada I went to the Alberta College of Art & Design, where I figured out how to use the art skills I had learned in Warsaw.
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