Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Rev Your Engines - A Book For Kids Who Love Cars

You know how I love a fun picture book, one with giggles and guffaws galore.  Well, today I have one that should put a smile on the face of the grumpiest curmudgeon, the most downtrodden malcontent, the whiniest bellyacher .... are you getting the picture yet?  Please only read this book if you and your child are ready to chuckle together.  if you don't have that kind of relationship, well, this is not the book for you.  You have been warned.

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Title:       Mitchell’s License

Author:   Hallie Durand

Target:    Preschool - Grade 1

Series:     Yes

What this book is about: 
Mitchell is not fond of bedtime, that is until he gets his license and starts driving himself to bed.  With his father playing the vehicle in question, Mitchell finds he still needs to check the tires, wash the windshield and avoid collisions.  Every night his skills improve until he is adept at managing speed bumps, staying in his lane and enjoying the feel of the open road.

Why I love this book: 
First off I have a fondness for the wonderful illustrations by Tony Fucile.  His Let’s Do Nothing book is one of the funniest children’s books I have ever read and as the illustrator of the acclaimed Bink and Gollie series with Kate DiCamillo  he has created a visually adorable odd couple.  He brings his wonderful comic smarts to this book with pictures that go just enough to the extreme to elicit wonderful giggles and guffaws while still being believable.

Now the story itself is just charming.  Reading it I could picture my husband racing through the house with my daughter on his shoulders,  giggling on the way to bed, knocking her head on the doorway … oops, never mind!  The juxtaposition of the house and dad with a roadway and car were brilliant and absolutely funny!

Who this book is for: 
Any kid who loves cars, any kid who doesn’t always want to go to bed and any parent who enjoys that time before bed to bond with their child.

Final thoughts: 
Put yourself in drive and race out to get this book … but only if you like to laugh, because otherwise this book is a dead end.  Did I take that car metaphor too far?  Oh, and the cover is not particularly good, but the book is.

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Mitchell's License  A portion of each purchase will go back to support this blog at no cost to you.

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