The No. 1 Car Spotter, Paperback Book

The No. 1 Car Spotter Paperback

Illustrated by Warwick Johnson Cadwell

Part of the Walker Racing Reads series

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Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is No. 1. He's the No. 1 car spotter in his village. The No. 1 car spotter in the world!The start of an exciting new series about the irresistible No. 1, whose hobby is car spotting but who is good at solving all sorts of problems for his village.

When the family's cart breaks down and there's no way of bringing goods to market, it's No. 1 who devises the Toyota Cow-rolla and saves the day.

He runs errands for his family and helps Mama Coca-Cola feed the busloads of people who stop for her delicious fried akara.

No. 1 even helps Grandmother get to the medical centre when she can't afford treatment.No. 1 is bright and plucky and resourceful - a fantastic new character in what will undoubtedly prove to be a brilliant series!


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781406320770

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Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is known as No. 1 because he is the number one car spotter in his African village. A large highway runs next to his village and the villages have made a hobby of listening and watching for passing cars. Expert car spotters can tell the make and model of a car long before it is clearly visible. No. 1 is the best car spotter in the village.Atinuke utilizes simple and spare prose to transport her readers to No. 1’s village. The No. 1 Car Spotter is divided into four parts. Each part can easily stand alone. In the first part of the book, the village cart breaks in two. The villagers worry that they won’t be able to get their goods to the neighboring market. No. 1 uses his knowledge of cars and the town’s dilapidated Toyota Corolla to save the day. The book’s second part takes place at the market. No. 1 is sent to make an embarrassing purchase which is much better received than expected. During the third part of the book, No. 1 struggles with satisfying his own desires and acting responsibly towards his family. In the fourth and final part of the book, No. 1‘s grandmother falls ill. Villagers lack the money necessary to send her for medical help. No. 1 discovers that in order to order to solve problems sometimes you have to think creatively. Atinuke has succeeded in writing a book that allows her readers to better understand the importance of relationships and ingenuity in African village life. This text is an excellent addition to a classroom or home library.

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