Friday, January 22, 2016

Calling All Cars - a bookwrap


"Calling all Cars"

Authored by Sue Fliess

Illustrated by Sarah Beise

Ages 3-6

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy...

About the book...

This book evokes energy and busyness. All types of cars: small, big, wide, beach, limos, taxis, love bugs (just to name a few) are humming their way across the pages.  A delightful twist is that animals are at the steering wheel driving along the roadways determined to get to their destinations.  

Written in rhyme the words pull you into the action and whizz you  happily along the freeways and country roads.  The noisy cars beep, honk, change lanes and seem to never stop as they zoom, zip and take you on wild rides in many different directions.  

The digital illustrations are amazing.  They are colourful and vibrant and playfully invite the reader to climb aboard and journey together.  Be sure to look for details that are embedded in the pictures, an added element which makes reading the book even more enjoyable for little ones.  

After a hectic frenzied pace the author brings the momentum down to a more relaxed calm one making this book a perfect bedtime story.  She helps you put on the brakes as the story comes to an end. Whew!!! Finally your little ones can curl up for a long, peaceful night's sleep...

"Rest cars, Hush cars
No more rush, cars.
Cars pull in, turn off the light.
Sweet dreams, sleepy cars...goodnight!"

 Yes it's time to park it and say nite nite!

About the author...

Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the author of over twenty children's books (published or forthcoming) including Tons of Trucks, Shoes for Me! and Robots, Robots Everywhere! Her background is in copywriting, PR, and marketing, and her articles have appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer's Digest,, Daily Candy Kids,, and more. Her Oprah article was chosen for inclusion in O's Little Books of Happiness, (March 2015). Fliess has also adapted a collection of Palace Pets 5 Minute Stories for The Walt Disney Company. Her picture books have received honors from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, have been used in school curriculums, museum educational programs, and have even been translated into French. She's a member of SCBWI, Children's Book Guild of DC, and does book signings, school visits, and speaking engagements. Sue lives with her family and a Lab named Charlie in No. Virginia. Visit her at 

About the illustrator...

I’m inspired by life. Kids running, playing and giggling and the silly dog that keeps trying to join in all the activity. My characters evolve mostly from the child in me and not the adult. It is a place of innocence, honesty and sincerity.  

I received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. After college I began working as an artist in the humor department at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Missouri. After 12 years and a lot of greeting cards I struck out on my own. I am now creating and licensing my designs for all kinds of fun products.  

I wake up excited each day about drawing the next character or telling the next story. I still can not imagine anything else I’d rather do! 

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