If i Built a Car

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Dutton, May 1, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 131 pages
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If I built a car, it'd be totally new!

Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . .

Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he'd like to build. There's a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack's soaring imagination in the driver's seat, we're deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this whimsical, tantalizing take on the car of the future. Illustrations packed with witty detail, bright colors, and chrome recall the fabulous fifties and an era of classic American automobiles. Infectious rhythm and clever invention make this wonderful read-aloud a launch pad for imaginative fun.

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User Review  - Nanci Booher - Goodreads

This book took me back to all the times I watched The Jetsons. I loved the story and the illustrations and it will make a fantastic storytime book. Read full review

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User Review  - Amanda Hicks - Goodreads

Can I have this car? I love how the author gives a child, the narrator of this story, all of the power. I think this tells kids that they can do anything if they really believe in themselves and ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Kate DiCamillo is the author of the first two stories starring the porcine wonder, MERCY WATSON TO THE RESCUE and MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE. She is also the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which won the Newbery Medal; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, which received a Newbery Honor; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; and THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chris Van Dusen has illustrated all the books in the Mercy Watson series. He is also the author-ilustrator of DOWN TO THE SEA WITH MR. MAGEE, A CAMPING SPREE WITH MR. MAGEE, and IF I BUILT A CAR. He lives in Camden, Maine.

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