Reviews for Everything Goes : Henry Goes Skating


Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring
Text by B. B. Bourne. When Henry wakes up he sees that it's snowing, therefore the perfect day to go ice skating. On the way, Henry and his family spot snowplows, tow trucks, and other vehicles helping out in the wintry weather. There's even a Zamboni at the skating rink! A perfect winter story for any beginning reader, but friendly vehicle-crammed illustrations will especially delight machine-lovers.

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Kirkus Reviews 2012 July #2
Almost everything goes in this latest installment of the Everything Goes early-reader series based on the picture-book series of the same name by Brian Biggs. It's snowing, so when a bus gets stuck on an icy road, it is going to have to wait for the tow truck to come. Otherwise, everything does tootle along in this typically mild and kindly outing, an earliest of early readers for those just starting to get their teeth into reading. There is plenty of necessary repetition in the simple text: " ‘Look, Henry. Horses!' says Henry's mom. ‘Police horses,' says Henry. ‘One is brown and one is white. And one is brown and white.' " It combines with enough unusual words (taxis, Zamboni) and constructions (such as the alternating use of "Henry says" and "says Henry") to make readers work for the prize of the last page. But as is also typical of these books, the illustrations are in the driver's seat, literally and figuratively. The book is chockablock with vehicles, as Henry and his parents take a little road trip to the city from the suburbs to go to a skating rink ("Zamboni!"). The illustrations have an ease that keeps eyes flickering between word and image. Amiable and encouraging, and too innocent to give even a thought to snow stopping something in its tracks: school. (Early reader. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 December

K-Gr 1--This second book in the "Everything Goes" series features multiple modes of transportation in winter. It is a snowy morning and Henry's family has decided to go ice skating. En route to the rink, he sees taxis, buses, cars, trucks, a dogsled, a Zamboni, and a mounted patrol. Some vehicles, such as a tow truck and a snowplow, help others to navigate on the slick streets. After a fun day of skating, the family returns home to make a snowman and drink hot chocolate. For those readers who live in warmer climates, this book will be a window into how people cope with winter. The balance between the very easy text and colorful illustrations is just right, with no more than three large-print sentences per page. Alternating phrases such as "says Henry" and "Henry says" keep the words fresh in beginning readers' minds. A strong choice for the earliest readers.--Janene Corbin, Rosebank Elementary School, Nashville, TN

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