Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Cars Galore

Cars Galore

Peter Stein
Illustrator:  Bob Staake 
Board book
For ages 3 to 5
Candlewick Press, 2012   ISBN: 978-0763661489

In our world cars are, for the most part, pretty boring. Some are a bit more glamorous, some are fast, some have been painted with snazzy colors, but they are all essentially the same. In the world found in this book cars are not at all boring. In fact they are full of character.

   We begin by looking at two relatively normal looking cars. We see a black car and a green car. Then things start to become a little more interesting because we meet a car that is mean and a car that is nice. Hmmm. Clearly these cars are not your normal domestic car.

   Turn the page and it becomes clear that the cars in this book world are nothing like the cars we have. Here is one with a traffic light built into it, and here is one that looks like a big ship. If you think that is strange, turn the page. Here we see a car that looks like a children’s “fun-filled fort” and another one that looks like a high rise.

   The cars in this world are not confined to roads and highways. They drive up cliffs and go up in lifts. Some  of them are “Eco-friendly,” running on electricity, solar energy, igloo ice, and there is even one that runs on air. Just in case none of these things impress you, there are cars that are driven by animals of all shapes and sizes.

   This book is a must for any small child who dreams of one day driving a car. Maybe he or she will one day be able to have the car a looks like a rocket, or one that can drive upside down. Or maybe not. Whatever happens in this future, this book will take young car lovers on a rip roaring outrageous ride right