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My Side of the Car Hardcover – April 26, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763644056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763644055
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kate Feiffer is the author of several children’s books, including Double Pink, illustrated by Bruce Ingman; President Pennybaker and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, both illustrated by Diane Goode; The Problem with Puddles, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and Henry the Dog with No tail, illustrated by her dad, Jules Feiffer. She lives on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Jules Feiffer has won a Pulitzer Prize, an Obie Award, and an Oscar. His cartoons have appeared in The Village Voice, The New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, and The Nation. He illustrated The Phantom tollbooth by Norman Juster and is the author-illustrator of several
award-winning picture books. Jules Feiffer lives in New York City.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Reality is subjective. You learn this when you have children of your own. What may be glaringly obvious to a parent will pass right over a six-year-old's head (and vice-versa). To a certain extent, children and parents live in entirely different worlds. I've been trying to come up with a list of children's books that acknowledge this fact, and it's tough. So many picture books are of the didactic let's-teach-kids-not-to-lie variety that the ones where kids come up with their own imaginative stories and live to tell the tale are few and far between. I mean, can you think of any books where a child stretches the truth because they truly believe what they're saying, straight in the face of parental obliviousness? Aside from Calvin and Hobbes it's a toughie, but that's just one of the many reasons why I am so very fond of the father/daughter creation that is My Side of the Car. A brilliant example of willful ignorance (or is it?) Kate and Jules Feiffer tap into those times in a kid's life when the line between what's true and what they hope is true blur.

You don't understand. Sadie isn't just excited that she's going to the zoo today. She's excited because she's FINALLY going to the zoo today. If you ask her, she can come up with three previous times when she was supposed to go to the zoo and ended up having to do something else instead. But today's different. She and her dad are in the car and nothing could possibly stop them . . . until it starts to rain. Sadie's dad is understandably worried and has to inform his daughter that rain means they can't go to the zoo.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
What a delightful road trip this is! We knew even before opening that a book by Kate Feiffer and illustrated by her award-winning dad, Jules Feiffer, would be something special and MY SIDE OF THE CAR is - something extra special.

Based on a real-life event that took place some years ago when Jules Feiffer was taking his young daughter to visit a nature preserve the book is an endearing story of a child's optimism and a father's patience.

In our story Katie has been very excited about going to the zoo, but each time Dad and daughter planned their trip something happened - first Mom tripped over a toy fire engine, "So we went to the hospital instead of the zoo." Next time the zoo was planned the family dog had gotten lost, and the following time Katie's grandparents dropped in and preferred the museum to the zoo.

But at last the much anticipated day arrives and it seems that Katie and her Dad are finally really going to the zoo. She believes nothing can stop them....that is until her Dad says it's raining. Katie's reply? "No, it's not. It's not raining on my side of the car."

Young readers will smile and thoroughly enjoy what happens next as Katie's optimism about their trip isn't dimmed even by rain and Dad shows his loving kindness.

Highly recommended.

- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deena K. on January 28, 2013
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This is a sweet book about a loving relationship between a father and daughter. I have a son and we still get the same message out of it. We cry every time we read it.
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By J. Putman on March 25, 2012
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Cute story about a little girl who really wants to go to the zoo and refuses to believe it's raining. We've enjoyed it.
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My Side of the Car is the story of a girl finally going to the zoo with her father. On the way, it starts to rain, but the girl refuses to admit that the rain is falling on her side of the car. Funny little story, made all the more so by the author's conversation with her father, the book illustrator, at the back of the book, revealing that the incident actually happened when the author was a little girl.

"After we pass two stop signs and drive up a big hill, my dad says, `Sadie, what about now? It's raining so hard on my side of the car that the windshield wipers are exhausted. Is it even sprinkling on your side of the car yet?'

The rain from his side of the car made a puddle that splashed my side of the car, so I can't see all the people...
who I know are there, walking their dogs or riding their bikes or eating ice cream.

I tell him, `No, it's still not raining on my side of the car.'

He keeps driving."
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