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  • ISBN: 0689846401 :
  • Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2005.

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Summary, etc.: Roy Tyle, the best mechanic in the state of Florida, can clean spark plugs by just looking at them, and he takes a two-dollar bet that he can make an accident-proof car.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2005 February #1
    PreS-Gr. 2. Lyons expands a two-paragraph tall tale, collected by Zora Neale Hurston for the Federal Writers' Project in the 1930s, into a wildly funny story about a gifted car mechanic. Roy is so exceptional that he can "grease an axle faster than you can say 'carburetor,' and he can clean spark plugs just by looking at them hard." No one believes him, however, when he says that he can build an accident-proof car, "a stabilated, lubricated, banjo-axled, wing-fendered, low-compression, noncollision car." Perfect for reading aloud, the funny rhythmic words are well matched to Widener's exaggerated acrylic illustrations, which show sly Roy and his huge, flying 1930s-style car. Young car enthusiasts will enjoy the silly mechanical details, and Lyon's lively afterword about "storycatcher" Hurston is a delight. ((Reviewed February 1, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Mary E. Lyons is the author of many books for children and young adults, including Roy Makes a Car, Feed the Children First, Dear Ellen Bee, Letters from a Slave Girl, and Sorrow's Kitchen. In addition to the Golden Kite Award and a Horn Book Fanfare for Letters from a Slave Girl, Lyons was also the recipient of a 2005 Aesop Award for Roy Makes a Car and a Carter G. Woodson Award for Sorrow's Kitchen. A teacher and former librarian, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. You can learn more about her at

Terry Widener is an award-winning illustrator whose picture books include Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book, and America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle, also by David A. Adler, a Junior Library Guild Selection. He is also the illustrator of Peg and the Whale by Kenneth Oppel and If the Shoe Fit by Gary Soto. Mr. Widener lives with his wife and three children in McKinney, Texas.

Search Results Showing Item 5 of 8 Preferred library: Lake Agassiz Regional Library?

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