Thursday, May 3, 2012

Children's Book: If I Built a Car

If I Built a Car

If I Built a Car
Written and illustrated by:  Chris Van Dusen
Published by:  Dutton Children's Books, 2005

If I built a car, it'd be totally new! Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he'd like to build. There's a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack's soaring imagination in the driver's seat, we're deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future. Illustrations packed with witty detail, bright colors, and chrome recall the fabulous fifties and an era of classic American automobiles. Infectious rhythm and clever invention make this wonderful read-aloud a launch pad for imaginative fun.

* My son loves trains, dinosaurs and cars!  So the title of this book alone was enough for me to put it on hold at the library.  Told in rhyme, this book tells the story of a little boy named Jack and the spectacular car that he would build if he could.  His car has all kinds of neat features and can do lots of cool things.  The illustrations are colorful and cute.  After reading the book I asked my son what kind of car he would design.  He didn't really have an original answer for me ("this one!") but given enough time after hearing this story, I'd love to see what kind of car he'd like!

Family Rating:  1 thumb up.

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