This Old Van

By Kim Norman (Author), Carolyn Digby Conahan (Ilustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


This Old Van

by Kim Norman, Carolyn Digby Conahan



Barnes and Noble Indiebound
This old van,  
she passed one,
shining in the rising sun.
With a click clack rattle rack,
ready for some fun,
This old van says,
“Goodbye, one!”
Take a rollicking ride in This Old Van, a joyful take on the classic children's counting song. As the colorfully painted vintage vehicle, driven by a really cool pair of grandparents, rolls down the highway, it passes one train, two bulldozers, three tractors, and four semis, right up to ten muddy motorbikes. And along the way, luggage flies off, horns honk, and the hurrying van zigs and zags—till it arrives at its destination JUST IN TIME! You won't be able to resist singing every fun verse out loud.
“Conahan’s soft pastel palette and comically inventive, Peter Max–inspired illustrations—from the grinning, wide-eyed bulldozers to the hard-hat–wearing mountain goats—are reminiscent of the Saturday-morning-cartoons of the 1960s. . . . This intergenerational romp filled with sight gags and puns will keep readers humming as they pore over each detail-packed page.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Kim Norman is the author of several books for young readers, including Ten on the Sled; If It’s Snowy and You Know It, Clap Your Paws!; Puddle Pug; and Crocodaddy (all Sterling). As children in the family van, Kim and her siblings bounced along many a road less graveled. Kim and her husband live in Smithfield, VA. Visit Kim online at
Carolyn Conahan is the author and illustrator of several picture books, including The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oregon (Sterling), and The Big Wish (Chronicle), which was awarded the 2011 Oregon Spirit Book Award for Picture Books by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English. She is also the staff artist of Cricket magazine. Carolyn comes from a family of adventurous teachers, and she spent her childhood on a series of bumpy road trips, much like the one in This Old Van. She lives in Portland, OR, and still loves to travel. Visit Carolyn online at

Pub Date: 8/4/2015

ISBN: 9781454910633

Price: $14.95 / $16.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 30 pages, all in color

Trim: 10.875 x 8.5 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 3 to 7

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books