Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Crazy Cars for Crazy Kids
Crazy Cars for Crazy Kids by Mark David. Kane/Miller; copy donated by publisher. First published in Australia.
The Plot: Cars. Crazy cars. Cars that should be made; but never will.
The Good: Cheetah comes over and asks, "where is the car book?" and an hour later she's still studying the intricate pictures, each a crazy car in a world of it's own, waiting to be explored and thought about in detail, with many questions.
These cars are very Caractacus Potts and Rube Goldberg-esque, full of details that are bizarre, impossible, and fun.
Cars include the Luxury Resortster, allowing you to have a holiday in your car. Includes white water rafting!
You may be tempted to ignore the text. Don't; the descriptions are delicious and snarky. For example, the King Fisher car changes into a fishing boat and one option is "waterproof joints, paints, and panels." Always nice to see waterproofing only an option with something made to go into the water!
One feature of the Park-O-Matic is the "advanced suspension, [so] you won't feel a bump why you hit the curb, a tank, or a mountain."
Links: Jen Robinson's Book Page review.
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