Red Wagon Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 197 user ratings

" Another great Renata Liwska picture book. The pictures elaborate so much on the very minimal text to create a whole different story than the simple text implies. I thought I would try the story out in a family storytime thinking that the older kids would get the joke implied in the inconsistency between the pictures and the text. Unfortunately Liwska's lovely illustrations are hard to convey to a storytime group so much of the story was lost. The story is best for individual (and family) use. " said.

" While I love that this board book's protagonist is named Lucy and she's illustrated as a sweet little fox with lots of woodland friends, I wish this brief book elaborated its messages a bit more. The central story is about Lucy turning going to the market to get fresh vegetables for her mom into an adventure, as her little red wagon becomes a spaceship, a covered wagon and part of a train. I love how this story shows that chores can become fun with a bit of imagination. " said.

" I just had to read this book because of the title! I had a red Radio Flyer wagon growing up, and this book brought back fond memories. In this story, Lucy wants to play with her wagon but has to run errands for her mom. She brings the wagon along and let's her imagination run wild; her wagon turns into a number of fun things during her adventure to and from the market. Red Wagon paints a wonderful picture of the power of play and imagination. " said.

"This has delightfully clever illustrations that intentionally contrast with the words on the page - e.g., on one page, it says that the little fox neatly stacked the vegetables in the wagon, while the illustration shows the playful mayhem of all of her friends juggling the vegetables. My baby (18 mos) loved these distinctions: She would stare at the pictures and try to make sense of what was happening. It really engaged her imagination - and engaged her cognitively. She stands up on her little reading chair to pull it off the shelf and says "Red wagon! Red wagon!"" said.

"Lucy has a new red wagon. She wants to play with it, but her mother wants her to use it to pick up some groceries for her. Lucy uses her imagination to ride the enormous waves of an ocean during a storm, drive a covered wagon, be the engineer on a train, and ride on a rocketship using her wagon.

“Lucy quickly pushed the wagon down the hill. (Illustration shows Lucy and her friends riding the ocean waves during a big storm)
By the time she got to the bottom, it was really coming down!” (Illustration shows the ocean waves are very big.)

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" Lucy's mother sees Lucy's enthusiasm to play with her wagon as an opportunity to combine work with play as she asks Lucy to take her wagon to the market on an errand for her busy mother. Lucy finds imagination can make any chore seem fun. As she grumpily runs the errand for her mother her friends tag along on an adventure of a lifetime saving the wagon and its load through the stormy seas and beyond.This small book is packed with fun showing the world through the eyes of a child an her friends. " said.

"Lucy wants to play with her wagon, but her mother asks her to go to the market. Lucy goes to the market (with her friends) and picks up the vegetables her mother requested. During the trip up and down the hill her imagination takes off!

This book works well in the storytime setting. With a one-to-one setting, it could work a little better because the reader could talk more about what was happening in the illustrations.

Theme: Red
Additional themes: market, imagination, foxes, chores

Reviewed from a library copy.
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"'Red Wagon' is the story of a little fox named Lucy, who has just obtained a little red wagon. Her mother asks her to take the wagon to the market to pick up some things on a list. On her way to the market, Lucy pretends her wagon is a boat, a covered wagon, a circus car, a train, a spaceship, and a bulldozer. Lucy got home and was cleared to play with her wagon but she was so tired that she fell asleep.

A wonderful beginning book with charming illustrations. 'Ref Wagon' sparks the imagination of young readers and prompts them to find the magic in everyday things.
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