“ Genre: Junior Books / Author: Eleanor Taylor / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2006-04-03 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC „
Beep, Beep, Let's Go! Is a book we recently picked up from our local Library. The main attraction for me was the title which is a statement my son says regularly. My son was attracted to the picture on the front of book which is of four different vehicles filled with various animals.
The book is written and illustrated by Eleanor Taylor. The story is of a wide variety of animals that go off on a trip but are stuck in a traffic jam when they finally arrive at the seaside they all have fun participating in a variety of activities.
I personally find the writing standard very poor, the statements are very short one page say's "you too?" The story it self has very little flow and without the pictures makes absolutely no sense whatsoever and while short stories can be useful when starting to tell stories to young children this feels completely inadequate.
The illustrations are much more interesting which are brightly coloured line drawings and these do tell the story. They are filled with great detail and there is something new to discover each time you read the story.
My son does actually enjoy this book but I do think this is down to the illustrations rather than the story. On one page there are words that relate to each vehicle and I as my son cannot read as I read the words he does not know how to relate the text to the pictures. My son has had a problem with delayed speech and while I was given advice on shortening sentences to help him be able to replicate the words this book is too confusing to help him with that. On one page there is the words moo moo which relate to the zebras. My son actually asks where the cows are when I read these words.
The illustrations do themselves lead to many discussions from why the giraffes need to put their heads through the roof to pointing out that a pig has spilt his ice cream.
I do think that Eleanor should focus on illustrating books rather than writing them as this appears to be her strength.
I am unable to recommend it for any age as the language level would be more appropriate for a child younger than my two year old son but yet I still think that considering the simplicity of the text I still do not believe they would follow nor have the personal language skills to discuss the illustrations.
This is one book I will definitely not be renewing.
If however after reading this review you do decide to purchase this book then it is available on Amazon market place for 1p plus postage.