CADILLAC by Charles Temple

CADILLAC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Better jump for your life, and never look back"" when Granny--reckless, oblivious, failing in her faculties, or all three--gets behind the wheel of her pink Cadillac. This grandmother burns up the road with total disregard for everyone, including her narrator/granddaughter, scrunched down and praying in the back seat. Granny doesn't think twice about blocking a busy street or running red lights; when she sees a young policeman writing out a ticket for her, she assumes it's a sweet note, kisses him, and drives off. The saucy watercolors, warmly painted, contribute to the broad humor of the rhyming story, which might have been merely comic in another era. These days, a child cowering in the car and relieved to make it home alive feels a little too real--readers won't laugh with her, they'll want to rescue her. Disquieting.

Pub Date: Oct. 17th, 1995
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Putnam