Riding in My Car by Woody Guthrie
Illustrated by Scott Menchin
Genre: Children’s Pop-up, Pull-the-Tab Book
Pages: 16 Hardcover 11 x 8″
Date Published: March 20, 2012
Publisher: LB Kids, a division of Little Brown & Co.
Inspired by his love of Woody Guthrie’s Riding In My Car, award winning illustrator Scott Menchin invites readers on an exciting cross-country road trip with a family of dogs! This interactive novelty format features pull-tabs, pop-ups, and lift-the-flaps on every page, and makes kids feel like they’re really coming along for the ride, visiting some of America’s most notable landmarks including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon and more! Hidden beneath each flap are fun American facts for the child readers and interesting biographical details about Woody Guthrie for adults.
The entire song will be hosted on www.ridinginmycarbook.com so readers can read and sing along!
An interesting book to say the least! It moves, it lifts flaps and even pops up! What could be more fun? From New York to DC and out west for more this book is a geography experience for kids to explore! (and sing along…)
*Thanks to LB Kids for providing a copy for review.*
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was an American songwriter and folk musician. Guthrie’s musical legacy consists of hundreds of songs, ballads and improvised works covering topics from political themes to traditional songs to children’s songs. Guthrie performed continually throughout his life with his guitar frequently displaying the slogan “This Machine Kills Fascists”. Guthrie is perhaps best known for his song “This Land Is Your Land” which is regularly sung in American schools. Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress.
Guthrie traveled with migrant workers from Oklahoma to California and learned traditional folk and blues songs. His songs are about his experiences in the Dust Bowl era during the Great Depression and are known as the “Dust Bowl Troubadour.” Guthrie was associated with, but never a member of, Communist groups in the United States throughout his life.
Guthrie was married three times and fathered eight children, including American folk musician Arlo Guthrie. He is the grandfather of musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. Guthrie died from complications of the degenerative neurologic affliction known as Huntington’s Disease. In spite of his illness, during his later years Guthrie served as a figurehead in the folk movement providing inspiration to a generation of new folk musicians, including mentor relationships with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan.
Scott Menchin is the author-illustrator of TAKING A BATH WITH THE DOG and OTHER THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY, which received the Christopher Medal. He also illustrated SONG OF MIDDLE C by Alison McGhee and MAN GAVE NAMES TO ALL THE ANIMALS, an award winning children’s book based on a hit song by Bob Dylan. Scott Menchin lives in New York City.
When YOU’RE riding in a car…
- …don’t forget to bring these activities along—they’re sure to make any trip fly by!