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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Leo Timmers
Age Range: Under_5
Who’s driving the tractor? Who’s driving the limo? Who’s driving the racing car? Turn the page to find out in this wonderfully illustrated book by Leo Timmers!
Who’s Driving is an excellent book for the under-fives, the bright, colourful pictures and the question and answer style will really catch and hold the attention of young audiences and those reading with them. Whilst the book is a simple read, with one sentence per page giving it a gentle pace, it is also a page-turner that draws you in with the guessing game way that the book moves forward. One page asks a question, getting children to guess who is driving a certain vehicle out of a lineup of animals, and the next page tells you, explaining where they are going. This is a brilliant way to get young children interested in books; it’s fun, it’s colourful and it’s more like a game than a story. This is great for encouraging reading at a young age, showing that books can be fun and reading can be very pleasurable, rather than being a slog through a plot that might go a little over some heads or fail to hold a short attention span at the younger end of the age range.
For the slightly older end of the age range, whilst the premise may be a little easy for some, it is also a wonderful conversation starter as there is so much to comment on and celebrate here, getting children talking and improving their ability to explain and describe, laying a great foundation for literacy a couple of years later in primary school. As well as guessing who’s driving, you can discuss the interesting lineup of different animals and imagine what they might do, and of course, every different vehicle is just as fascinating as the driver and everyone will have a favourite (mine’s the pink convertible).
Who’s Driving is essentially very good fun for the under-fives and also readers of any other age, it's funny, it’s bright and best of all, it’s great fun to read aloud and has words like ‘vroom’ or ‘zoom’ on lots of pages that just beg to be shouted out, making both driving and reading go with a bang.
Abby Phillips (2011)