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If I Built a Car Paperback – June 14, 2007
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PreSchool-Grade 2-With descriptions and a rhyme scheme clearly inspired by Dr. Seuss, a little boy relates all of the wonderful things about the car he plans to design, including safety features, a pool, a robot driver, and the ability to go underwater and fly through the air. The rhyme scheme works well enough, although at times the rhythm falters. The artwork is the real draw here. The brightly colored, crisp, cartoon-style illustrations, reminiscent of the Jetsons, are likely to keep viewers' attention. The full-bleed pictures are animated and detailed, and the boy's dog, which appears in each picture, ties the images together nicely. This slight story may attract young fans of vehicles, but readers looking for a plot will be disappointed in what is essentially an extensive laundry list of the automobile's attributes.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT
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K-Gr. 2. A young boy decides to design a better car than the old family station wagon. Driven by a robot, his sleek, supercharged vehicle can drive underwater and fly, and the interior includes a snack bar and swimming pool. The story is told in jaunty rhyming couplets, but the fun really comes from the illustrations, which perfectly parody 1950s' visions of the future, as depicted in such magazines as Popular Mechanics. The car glides past neat suburban homes with wide and perfect lawns, where everything is bathed in pastels. This may appeal more to parents (or, perhaps more accurately, to grandparents) who remember these renderings of technological dream worlds. Still, children will enjoy the exuberance and goofiness of the double-page spreads, such as the close-up of the expansive snack bar, which dispenses burgers, fries, and Cheez Whip on command. Todd Morning
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Chris Van Dusen's "If I Built A Car" is pure pleasure. First of all, it's just a terrific concept: a creative young boy describes his dream car. The illustrations are lush and vibrant, and the rhyming verse is creative and playful. Mr. Van Dusen perfectly captures the magic of a child's imagination. And while I think you couldn't go wrong getting this book for a boy, I'm confident many girls would be enthralled by it as well. Definitely a book you'll delight in reading and rereading. Enjoy!
The one thing I would like to point out from the product descriptions is the recommended age range - it is incorrect in my opinion as a 3 yr old will not be able to fully appreciate this book. 4 yrs is the minimum age for this book and it will be more than appropriate till 7 or at a stretch even till 8 yrs.
4-8 yrs is the correct age range for this book.
As a parent I'm a big fan of the retro-futuristic illustrations and I love the easy to read aloud perfectly scanning ryhmed text. I was very happy to find the book available in paperback at a reasonable price: it will be treasured!