The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird, Paperback

The No. 1 Car Spotter and the Firebird Paperback

Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Part of the No. 1 Car Spotter series

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


This is the second book in this series about the irresistible No. 1, whose hobby is car spotting but who is also good at solving all sorts of problems for his village.

What happens when a great-spotted leopard enters the compound to steal the goats, or when the river floods the road and a wedding party can't get across?

What happens when the new modern house Mama Coca-Cola thought she wanted turns out not to be the house she wants after all?

Who comes to the rescue each and every time? Why, it's No. 1, of course! But can he also make the fabulous Firebird stop in his village?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9781406320787



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Grade 2-5. Oluwalase Babatunde Benson--better known as the "No. 1 Car Spotter," or just "No. 1"--is great at solving problems in his unnamed African village. From transporting people across a flooded river to chasing away a leopard, No. 1 is always busy coming up with creative solutions. Told in four stand-alone episodes, No. 1's antics and clever ideas are sure to entertain young readers. The black-and-white illustrations add charm to this little book's pages, and will help early readers decode the story. Although the heavy use of dialect feels unnecessary at times, and the characters do not grow and develop much, the story's welcoming format and childlike humor will make this an appealing book for early readers. Additional Selection.

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I will have to find the other titles in the series. I quite liked the humor of No. 1's wildly dramatic family. No. 1 himself is an agreeable and optimistic boy, and while he's not perfect, he never gets too down on himself before finding a way to bounce back again with a clever idea. If you can approximate a Nigerian accent, this would be a fun read-aloud for young children. But even if you can't, it's still a great book for sharing or reading independently.