"Another day, another drive . . ." So declares Miles, preschooler and car enthusiast. He puts on his seatbelt. Read more...
"Another day, another drive . . ." So declares Miles, preschooler and car enthusiast. He puts on his seatbelt. Check. He cranks the key. Check. Uh-oh, the horn is broken, but no time to fix it, because "gotta go " Miles is off to school, zigging and zagging past sister s trike and brother s truck. The trip is adventurous indeed, with the neighborhood dog to greet, puddles to navigate, even roads to cross (with Mom close at hand, of course). Jamie Harper s adorable, energetic illustrations and wonderfully childlike sensibility will appeal to every busy little kid who loves things that go."
- ISBN-13: 9780763635985
- ISBN-10: 0763635987
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: October 2010
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 3-7
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-10-11
- Reviewer: Staff
A preschooler aptly named Miles loves to ride his jaunty yellow pedal race car to preschool (with his mother close behind), pretending that the journey is full of tests worthy of the autobahn: "Watch out for the four-wheeler!" thinks Miles as he veers away from a baby in a stroller. Harper's (the Baby Bundt books) collages are high performance all the way: a zippy mélange of rubber stamps and other media, they have a cool, three-dimensional feel, conveying the pluck of a wide-eyed but hardcore enthusiast while giving the action scenes an authentic dynamism. When Miles's car "zigs around his sister's trike" and "zags around his brother's truck" in the driveway, readers can almost feel the tilt. And an approaching puddle becomes an opportunity for an impromptu (and very wet) car wash. The text is surprisingly straightforward considering the subject matter, though Harper adds a little drama by saddling Miles with a broken horn and includes subtle nods to the habits of adult drivers ("Red light. C'mon, green," Miles complains, his eyes on the light) that kids and parents will be quick to recognize. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)