Michael Garland, Author and Illustrator
Holiday House, I Like to Read Series, Fiction, 2013
Suitable for Ages: 4-8
Themes: Shiny car gets dirty, Humor, Resilience
Opening: “Car looks good.”
Synopsis: As a shiny red car begins on a trip to a burger joint, a gas station, and a store, it drives into trouble. Car is stuck in a traffic jam next to a construction site, gets dirt slung on it, is choked by the smoke and exhaust from other cars, and receives a downpour of droppings from a flock of birds. Car is defeated. What will Car do?
Why I like this book: Michael Garland has written and illustrated a delightful book with very simple text for young readers. For example, “Car gets wet. Splash, splash.” There is a lot of show and tell. He uses a lot of fun verbs to describe the action. His digital artwork is very expressive and colorful. Car’s headlights look like eyes and its bumper shows a toothy smile when it’s happy and a frown when it’s sad. Kids of all ages will enjoy Car’s animated expressions. Afterall, this is Michael Garland and his artwork stands out as a feast for the eyes! Make sure you check out the front and end pages for a view of Car’s neighborhood. This is an entertaining book for children learning to read on their own. It will be read again and again. Visit Michael Garland at his website.