If I Built A Car

  • Title: If I Built A Car
  • Author: Chris Van Dusen
  • Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen
  • Publisher: Puffin Books, a division of the Penguin Group
  • Publication year: 2005
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-“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.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found this lesson guide from BiblioGarden’s website that suggests using this book to activate children’s imagination by getting them to make their own car, with supplies. So, I think this could be used for a art class as well. Like some of the other books I have covered in this 100, I think this is another one that can be added for pry children’s imaginations, this time with specifically mechanics.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –I really like Van Dusen’s illustrations which are reminiscent of mid-century art and décor. His artwork is very reminiscent of The Jetson’s, although younger generations may not get that reference.

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