Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: J. M. Brum
Illustrator: Jan Bajtlik
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
What is your car like? A son riding along in the car with his father describes all the things their family’s car can do and the adventures they have in each season. In rainy weather, the car’s hood goes up; in summer, the car tows their trailer. It also takes work to care for the car; they need to wash it and get it repaired. The boy dreams of the day he can drive on his own—but for now, his mom tells him not to park on the rug.
Chalky paint illustrations and bold, large text create visual appeal in this simple, descriptive book. With the strong, youthful voice of the narrator and the funny faces of the characters, It’s as if the book was created by the boy himself. Although there is not a formal plot, the book exudes personality and action. Young readers will relate to the book and may be expected to respond by describing their family’s own transportation.