Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.
Title: No Honking Allowed
Author: Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrator: Antongionata Ferrari
Published by Holiday House, New York
Text Copyright 2017 by Stephanie Calmenson
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Antongionata Ferrari
No. of pages: 35
About the Author & Illustrator
Stephanie Calmenson is an author based in New York. Here’s some information from her website, http://stephaniecalmenson.com:
“I began my professional life as an early childhood teacher and had the pleasure of reading to children and discovering which books captivate them. When budget cuts left me looking for work, I became a children’s book editor and got to see how a book is made. Planning to go back to teaching, I enrolled in a Master’s Program in Education at New York University where I took a course called, “Writing for Children.” My very first story was published in a children’s magazine. I was off and writing!”
According to Castoro Online, “AntonGionata Ferrari is one of the most renowned illustrators in the field of children’s literature in Italy. In 2006 he won the Andersen Award as Best Illustrator of the Year.”
No Honking Allowed by Stephanie Calmenson & AntonGionata Ferrari tells the story of Rex, a dinosaur who just got a new car and his friend Stego who gets to ride with him. They enjoy the features of the new car: the sound of the engine, the brakes, and the horn. Ooops, but in the city, there is a rule: No Honking except for safety.
As Rex and Stego travel through the city, Rex wants to honk his horn for just about anything: remind a speeding car to slow down, help a dog owner untangle a leash, warn a dino about to litter, and just about anything. But Stego reminds him not to do so because of the rule.
But eventually, the right opportunity comes and Stego gives Rex a go. Rex honks his car’s horns to let people know that the Fire truck is coming behind them. Rex and Stego save the day.
Values or Lessons
The book reminds kids about the importance of wearing a seat belt when riding a car. They also learn about the importance of following traffic rules to ensure that car riders and pedestrians are able to share the roads.
As Stego and Rex demonstrated, it is okay to honk the horn for safety reasons. This can help kids recognize that they can do some things under certain conditions.
The artwork is really cool. It looks halfway between a sketch and a finish illustration. But it helps reinforce the overall story and message. The font also complements the artwork and it doesn’t distract. The book also clearly shows if Rex or Stego is speaking.
It’s also really fun to read the book because of its rhyme, making it sound like you are rapping while reading it. Our son, who cannot read yet, wanted to do the rhymes, too.
Overall, this is a good book. But it is longer than it should be and the later part of the book became meta and drew attention to Stego and Rex being make-believe dinos in a book. Then Rex honked his horn so much that he got a ticket for it.