Red Wagon Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-14 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 197 user ratings

"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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"My son and I like this book. There's really not that much to the words, actually. The story is pretty simple, and purposefully so. The real story is in the pictures and serves as a good workout for the imagination.

Lucy gets a shiny new red wagon and wants to play with it right away. Her mother wants her to go to the market, though. (If that doesn't send us to days of old... I don't know what does.) The story doesn't vary from this... she goes to the market. But the pictures show what she and her friends have fun with on the way, such as turning the wagon into a conestoga and a pirate ship.

A cute book and one of the better ones from the Imagination Library.
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"Lucy the fox wants to play with her brand new wagon. Instead, her mother sends her to market to purchase groceries. Her friends tag behind and soon they are having adventures. The illustrations humorously embellish the understated text, telling a different story, such as when Lucy gets to the bottom of the hill during a rain shower, showing the characters using the wagon as a boat in the middle of a wave-rocked sea. Although the large text and few words may suggest that this book is best suited to the very young, the level of interpretation from text to illustrations may make this story better suited to more experienced pre-readers. 3-6 years. " said.

"When Lucy gets a red wagon, she can't wait to play with it. But Mama has an errand for her to run, and playing will have to wait. Or will it? As her friends join her, all sorts of things happen that make that errand more fun than she could have ever imagined. young readers will love how she and her friends have a picnic, set sail on the ocean, and visit a circus on their way. Poor Lucy is too pooped from all that play to enjoy the wagon now that she has free time. Add this to your collection of imaginative kids. The pencil illustrations have been digitally colored and show the animals' personalties vividly. I love that hedgehog!" said.

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