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If I Built a Car · Dutton Children’s Books 2005

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Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Now his marvelous machine – inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and airplanes – is ready to cruise. After a tour of the ritzy interior, Robert the Robot starts up the motor and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test-drive ever!

Excerpts from Reviews

“Energetic verse and jubilant, action-packed artwork make this tale of a young inventor’s fantastic daydream a joy ride.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“The story is told in jaunty rhyming couplets, but the fun really comes from the illustrations, which perfectly parody 1950s’ visions of the future.” ~ Booklist

“This entertaining book makes a great read aloud.” ~ Children’s Literature


  • 2006 E. B. White Read Aloud Award presented by the Association of Booksellers for Children

Personal Notes

I have four brothers (no sisters!) and when we were young, our parents would pile us all into the car (a great, big, black 1966 Ford Country Squire) and drive three hours to visit our grandparents in Maine. This was before Gameboys and DVD players were invented and none of us could read in the car because it made us carsick. So we passed the time playing games like “What would you change on this car”. That’s what this book is all about – the power of imagination. Hopefully it will inspire kids to use theirs and DREAM BIG!