The No 1 Car Spotter


Paperback - 2011
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The No 1 Car Spotter
When the cart breaks down and the villagers can't get their goods to market, Oluwalase Babatunde Benson, otherwise known as the No. 1 car spotter in his village, comes up with a brilliant solution.

Publisher: Tulsa, OK : Kane Miller, 2011
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781610670517
Branch Call Number: J YR FIC A
Characteristics: 110 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cadwell, Warwick Johnson
Alternate Title: Number 1 car spotter


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Oluwalase Babalunde Benson (aka No. 1) and his friend Coca-Cola pitch in whenever a problem needs to be solved. Vibrant spot illustrations enliven this collection of witty and whimsical short stories.

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Apr 03, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A village where most of the men go off to work in the city and the women are left home to tend to the crops is a village I can believe in. Kids will believe in it too, but just as importantly they’ll want to know more about it. That’s the thing about Atinuke. It isn’t just that she writes about places and people that no one else does. It’s that she makes them interesting and fun. No. 1 is the kind of guy kids are going to want to know more about. Good thing he has more adventures in the pipeline. A great, almost necessary book and one that you’ll be delighted to discover.


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Apr 03, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10


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Apr 03, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Meet No. 1. He’s what you might call a car spotter. If there’s a car driving past his village, you can be sure he’ll not only spot it but identify it and long before anyone else. Life in No. 1’s village isn’t easy, of course. If a cart breaks down then everyone’s got to figure out how to get the produce to the market (it’s No. 1 who comes up with a brilliant solution). If a woman wants to get lipstick at the market she sometimes will have to send a boy (No. 1 ends up doing the right thing entirely by accident then too). If people need chores done they have to rely on the kids (a problem when No. 1 wants to only help the auntie who makes the best food). And if someone gets seriously sick… well, sometimes it’s not always No. 1 who comes up with the solutions to problems. But he’s always around to help out.


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