Borrowing from the “House that Jack Built” structure is author/illustrator Lisa Campbell Ernst’s funny take on just how challenging it can be to keep freshly-washed van clean.
In This is the Van that Dad Cleaned, we move backwards to explore the series of unfortunate events between three young siblings that reduce Dad’s spotless van to an icky, sticky mess. The repetition of each link on the growing chain of events, along with the rhyming pattern of –orn end sounds lends itself well to participation and anticipation of what might have happened next… er, before!
Luckily, this time Dad doesn’t have to face this fresh mess alone.
“We are the kids,
Early next morn,
That washed off the moose with only one horn,
And swept out last Halloween’s candy corn…”
Aw, what good kids!