The no 1 car spotter and the firebird
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The no 1 car spotter and the firebird
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- The no 1 car spotter and the firebird
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- by Atinuke ; illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell
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- Number 1 car spotter and the firebird
- No. 1 is always full of good ideas. He figures out what to do when a leopard is bothering the goats and when Mama Coca-Cola has problems with her house. But what will it take to make the fabulous Firebird stop in the village?
- Gr 2 – 4 — Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is the No. 1 car spotter in his small African village. He lives together with the other children, the women, and the elderly. Most of the people rely on their own goats, and on selling food to passersby in order to make a living. No. 1 may be the best at spotting cars, but he does not excel at things he is supposed be good at, like using a slingshot accurately or staying quiet when the elders are talking. He is, however, a problem solver. When he can't hit a leopard with his slingshot and prevent it from taking his family's goats, he comes up with an even better solution involving his grandfather's shirt and some chili pepper soup. When travelers' cars get stuck in because of the rains, No. 1 uses his invention of the "Cow-rolla" to ferry them to dry land. The language in this collection of stories is that of storytelling. While it may stutter on the page, it is clear that reading it aloud would be not only entertaining, but magical as well. Sharing it would also provide the opportunity to explain some of the inevitable questions that children would have about No. 1's friends' names (Coca Cola, Nike, Emergency) and the bigger idea of Westernization, culture, and community. The text is peppered with a good number of illustrations that add humor and move the story along. Even though No. 1's living situation is different from that of many children, readers will identify with his can-do spirit and enthusiasm.—Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City --Stacy Dillon (Reviewed February 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 2, p70)
- In four connected short stories set in a tiny African village, No. 1 fulfills his dream of seeing a Pontiac Firebird up close and meeting its professor owner. Oluwalese Babatunde Benson is not No. 1 at slingshot or at school, but he is excellent at identifying cars and is full of bright ideas. He's the one who dispatches the leopard with hot-chili-pepper soup, figures out a way to get stranded bus passengers across a flooded road and on their way, and finds a use for Mama Coca-Cola's too-hot new house. Underlying these simple stories are some significant cultural ideas. These villagers cooperate with each other, sharing their furnishings and their work. It's not necessary to be No. 1 at more than one thing, Grandfather says. "That way we need one another." The sharp corners, white plaster and corrugated iron roof of Mama Coca-Cola's modern new house turn out to be wrong for the climate; it may be unhealthy to live in, but it's perfect for a restaurant serving both traditional and modern eaters. Cadwell's grayscale cartoons add to the gentle humor of Nigerian-born Atinuke's engaging, stand-alone sequel to The No. 1 Car Spotter (2011). A delightful immersion in an unfamiliar world for early chapter-book readers. (Fiction. 7-11)(Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2012)
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