IF I BUILT A CAR by Chris Van Dusen

IF I BUILT A CAR

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young designer verbally crafts a dream car in this retro-flavored flight of fancy, proudly unveiling to his bemused dad and dog a domed, finned, two-toned sedan that combines spiffy features of classic Cadillacs and Jetsons-era styling—plus pool, sofa, snack machine, a robot at the wheel and the ability to be a boat, a submarine or a rocket. Van Dusen portrays it all in bright, 1950s colors, adding a shiny-featured lad and giving every surface, even the dog’s nose, a plastic sheen. “My car will be cool! My car will be keen! / My car will be one big fantastic machine!” Will readers start badgering their parents to trade in the family Humvee or Beamer? Not likely—especially as there’s nary a video screen in sight—but budding designers will certainly get a jumpstart from this. (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-525-47400-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2005




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