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Wednesday 21 October 2020

Review: Four on the Run

This delightful reflection of desperate times needing desperate measures, features three cars and a motorcycle, with an objective to save someone they love from disaster.

The four wheeled friends have lived in Mrs Brown’s shed on the farm since she’d saved them from the scrap yard years ago.
On one particular night, Maxie, round and bouncy and faded green, Lady, graceful and long, Flash, ninja black with two wheels, and Fergie, grey and slow and wise, hear Mrs Brown talking to herself. 

She is in financial trouble and plans to sell them the next day.

They decide to run away. Can they do so without being heard?

Perhaps they can find a paid job in town like other cars do, and save Mrs Brown. But there are obstacles to overcome, such as barking dogs that wake their owners, and faster cars that are always in a hurry.
Town isn’t like the farm, they discover. There are dangers for slow cars, too much noise, heavy transport coming and going, taking and bringing people to and from their destinations. They must succeed, for they fear returning to the scrap yard.
 At first, they attempt to be a musical team for parked cars. Too Noisy! Then they’re accused of running away from a motor show. Ultimately, they are rounded up by dogs and taken to a gathering of cars where they are confronted by the monster truck, Crusher.
They band together in exciting adventures, planning to stay in one piece during the monster truck show that can bring them into the limelight and save Mrs Brown.
 Cheryl Orsini’s delicate pen illustrations depict the cars in their prime and through their challenges. The dialogue between the cars is humorous and entertaining. This is a perfect chapter book for younger readers.
Title:  Four on the Run  
Author: Sophie Masson
Illustrator: Cheryl Orsini
Publisher: Christmas Press, $ 13.99
Publication Date: September 2020 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780648194576
For ages: 5 – 8
Type: Junior Younge Fiction