Cars, Signs, and Porcupines! By Ethan Long

Published by Henry Holt and Co. Cars, Signs, and Porcupines!: Happy County Book 3 (Happy  County, 3) (9781250765987): Long, Ethan, Long, Ethan: Books
Cars, Signs, and Porcupines! | Ethan Long | Macmillan

Summary:  It’s a beautiful, bustling morning in Happy County, and the animals are ready for a busy new day.  Community helpers are around to take care of the county, a job that includes chasing down a herd of playful porcupines.  There are street signs around to help everyone find their way, with explanations of what the different signs mean.  Cars, trains, and airplanes move the animals around the county, and allow readers to explore roads, airports, and waterways.  As the sun sets at the end of the day, the porcupines are back at Pauly and Polly’s Porcupine Playland, and the Happy County residents are ready for a relaxing evening.  48 pages; ages 3-6.

Pros:  Fans of Richard Scarry’s Busytown will enjoy this series (this is book 3) which, like Scarry’s books, is a visual feast of quirky characters engaged in interesting activities.  There’s also an educational element in each book; in this case, it’s teaching about signs and directions.  Fun for the whole family.

Cons:  The characters are introduced on the front endpapers, which of course means I couldn’t see them all in my library book.  By now, I’m sure you know how I feel about that.

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