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K-Gr. 2. A young boy decides to design a better car than the old family station waggon. 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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"Rhyming couplets and illustrations in colors as shiny and sleek as the four wheels they celebrate present the musings of a boy growing up in the placid 1950s suburbs," as he describes his dream car to his father. "Energetic verse and jubilant, action-packed artwork make this tale of a young inventor's fantastic daydream a joy ride," PW wrote. Ages 3-up. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Energetic verse and jubilant, action-packed artwork make this tale of a young inventor's fantastic daydream a joy ride. (Publishers Weekly)