A' chaparaid

by Phyllis Root

Paper Book, 2001



Call number

PZ7.R6784 R


[Stornoway] : Acair, 2001.


Various disasters threaten to stop Poppa and the children from getting to the lake in their rattletrap car, but they manage to come up with an ingenious solution to each problem.

Original language



0861522346 / 9780861522347

User reviews

LibraryThing member conuly
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
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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

You can't do it. You just can't. If you buy this only for the fun of reading a few of those lines aloud, it's money well spent.
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LibraryThing member michelleknudsen
I had slightly mixed feelings about this one. Loved the shape of the story: the constant stops and starts, each character taking a turn at providing the solution and keeping the car—and the story—moving forward. The rhythm and repetition was great too, and this would obviously be such a fun
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read-aloud. My hesitation is mostly about the actual solutions to the car troubles. Of course, yes, it’s a silly book, but it seemed like such an odd mix of realistic and completely unrealistic. Everything seems real-worldly except that the car can be kept going with a beach ball wheel, a razzleberry fizz gas tank, etc. I just wasn’t sure the juxtaposition of reality and fantasy worked for me, perhaps because it didn’t seem clearly to be either one or the other. I also didn’t particularly like that there were just occasional lines of rhyme. It kept making me wish for either more rhyme, or none at all.
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LibraryThing member JoeHattaway
My three year old grandson loves this book.

Physical description

28 cm
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