The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird


The No.1 Car Spotter and the Firebird seems a rather elusive dream. Although No.1 knows who drives the Firebird that passes by his village most days, he has never seen him. Therefore, he imagines the Professor in the car that fills his thoughts. Yet No.1 has other things to fill his days from goat herding to looking for dry firewood. ‘In rainy season that can be hard to find‘. Furthermore, there are dangerous visitors like leopards, intent on taking precious goats from Mama Coca-Cola’s yard. What is No.1 to do if his catapulting skills are so poor that he’s sent to stay with Grandmother? What good is to be the No.1 Car Spotter when such danger is lurking?

Bookwagon loves this series of books and recommends them as a choice for newer chapter book readers, alongside anyone seeking an entertaining, interesting and funny children’s book to read and share. We look forward to introducing more stories from the No.1 car spotter to our online bookshelves.

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The No.1 Car Spotter and the Firebird


(Walker Books)

The No.1 Car Spotter and the Firebird become something that aggravates Mama. Although No.1 is the best car spotter in the village, as we’ve realised through The No.1 Car Spotter, his skills are under appreciated by the women in the village. They’re particularly irksome in the first story of this title, when Mama Coca-Cola’s goats are under attack from a leopard. What good is car spotting when No.1’s catapulting skills are so poor? They’re what is needed to deter leopard attacks! No.1 sees Grandmother becoming mean, especially after he mistakenly eats her pepper soup- ‘Why do you not make the leopard run and scream like you?’
Bookwagon adores these stories. Not only are readers taken to a setting less familiar, but the interest, humour and engagement are high. Therefore, we feel No.1’s disappointment that he never gets to meet the driver of the Firebird, the passing car that highlights his day. Furthermore, we realise his patience through Sissy’s disparagement of him, ‘Lazy boy’. We know No, 1 and like grandfather, we have great faith in him.
The No, 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird is a welcome addition to a beloved series. We recommend this title and the other books to newer chapter book readers, as well as readers of all ages who appreciate really good children’s books.


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