Sputter, Sputter, Sput!
Babs Bell
HarperCollins (2008)
ISBN 9780060562229
Reviewed by Cayden (age 4) and Max (age 2) Aures and Mom for Reader Views (7/08)

 

“Sputter, Sputter, Sput!” follows a car after the driver fills up with gas.  He zooms up and down the hills and past all of the houses.  He drives so far that the car runs out of gas causing the car to “Sputter! Sputter!  Sput!”  After figuring out what the problem is, the driver fills the car up again and goes for another hilly drive.

Max:  “Car!  Vrrooommmm!”

Cayden:  “He is filling the car up with gas.”

Cayden:  “Look at him go!  That is a very windy road he is driving on!”

Max:  “Drive car!”

Max:  “Up! Up!”

Max:  “Down! Down!”

Cayden:  “Why did his car stop going?  What is wrong with it?”

Max:  “Broke!”

Cayden: “Now he can go again because he filled it back up with gas.”

Max:  “Vrrooommmm!”

Parent’s comments:
“Sputter, Sputter, Sput!” by Babs Bell is a very basic and fun book.  Both of my children love cars so when they saw the car on the cover they were already hooked!  The illustrations are engaging and helpful in teaching children simple concepts such as up, down and far.  Max really enjoyed following the roads and hills with his finger and letting us know what direction the car was going.

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