Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Cari Best
Illustrator: Simone Shin
Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books
A little boy, Charlie, makes a car out of a cardboard box and, after they buckle up, drives his mom all over town. Their first stop is a nail salon where Mr. Charlie paints Mama's toes periwinkle. Once the polish is dry they're off to the library to read a story. Back in the car they turn the radio on and drive to Daisy's Dress shop. And all of the dresses are in Mama's size! They keep driving around and having adventures until its Mama's nap time.
This is a sweet book where little Charlie switches roles with his mother. It is really cute how he takes care of her. Mother's will especially love it since Charlie is clearly mimicking his mom's good example. This is definitely an feel-good story, plus what little boy doesn't like to pretend he can drive a car? The illustrations are cute and have a nice texture to them, giving them a vintage feel. The imagination base to the whole story and initiative of the little boy are great. Imagination play is so important to a child's development and should be, as this book shows, fun!