If I Built a Car

If I Built a Car

by Chris Van Dusen

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Overview

"If I built a car, it'd be totally new! Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . ." Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. Inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise! there's a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar! 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142408254
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/14/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 45,675
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Chris Van Dusen lives in Camden, Maine.

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Energetic verse and jubilant, action-packed artwork make this tale of a young inventor's fantastic daydream a joy ride. (Publishers Weekly)

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If I Built a Car 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This EB White Read Aloud Award-winning book is an absolute feast of fun rhymes for the ears and Googie art for the eyes. Your child's vocabulary will be enriched by learning words like contemplate, zeppelins, analyze, refine, retractable, chrome, polymer, concoction, collision, dented, hazelnut and aerosol. Not to mention that your child will learn practically all parts of a car: fender, headlights, taillights, fins, engine and controls. And best of all, this book relishes children's imaginations to dream of wild and fantastic inventions and possibilities.
stevekep32 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story is fun and full of great ideas and illustrations. It follows a boy as he tells about his most clever inventions. It would be a great lead into a lesson about coming up your own with fictional stories.
nancyken on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack describes the kind of car he would build-- one with amazing accessories and with the capability of traveling on land, in the air, and on and under the sea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!  I never get tired of it.  We received the book when my older son was 5.  He is 8 now and still likes it.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love, love this book! Chris Van Dusen is awesome. I just ordered two more of his books. My kids (5 & 7) love them all. 
WritingReader More than 1 year ago
Yes, something can be futuristic and nostalgic at the same time! Remember those flying cars you thought you would have by the time you were an adult? Were you hoping to live like the Jetsons? Well, indulge your fantasy some more as you look through these pages. Really fun, with very appealing colors. With a picture book, it's important to have a book you don't mind reading again and again - because your child will insist. This is one you will always enjoy looking at.
AJH_Mum More than 1 year ago
Fantastic illustrations, imaginative prose. I love the book but more importantly my 5 year old does - he builds on the imaginative ideas and loves to finish the rhymes. We have the circus ship by the same author - fabulous
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ad143 More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book! My two year old daughter loved it and we reread it countless times!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is my son's favorite, he's 3. It is so much fun to read. Camping spree with Mr. Magee is also a must read. The only problem I have is that those books are all he wants me to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My kids both love this book! They want me to read it over and over again. The rhyming is great and the illustrations are amazing. I need to get more of Chris VanDusen's books, although they will also require multiple readings at a sitting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! They rhyming text is really fun to read out loud. The illustrations are so rich and retro and full of detail. My kids just love it!