If I Could Drive, Mama

If I Could Drive, Mama

Book - 2016
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When Charlie turns a cardboard box into a car, he can't wait for Mama to be his first passenger--and she is happy to go along. He adjusts the mirror, checks to make sure there is enough gas, and reminds Mama to buckle up. Then off they go--rev rev vroom--on their adventure. There are places to visit and obstacles to avoid and even a traffic jam. When they are done, Mama is exhausted, but Charlie can't wait to take her on another trip. Rev rev vroom!
Publisher: Farra Straus Giroux, New York : 2016
ISBN: 9780374302054
Branch Call Number: E BEST
Additional Contributors: Shin, Simone


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ArapahoeMarla Apr 03, 2017

What is better than a big cardboard box and a little boy with a wonderful imagination to bring the outside world into his home and take his mom along for the ride.

Mar 16, 2017

Sweet story about how to use imagination to change a simple box and other common things around the house into a family adventure. Good to read with Not a Box.

ChristchurchKids Jan 23, 2017

From the outside it may look like a plain cardboard box, but to creative young Charlie, it’s “the zippiest car in the whole world!” After hopping behind the wheel and picking up Mama, Charlie cruises through town (their house), stopping at the library (bookshelves), construction site (sandbox), nail salon (bathroom), as well as many other destinations. Charlie’s directions to his patient Mama (“I say…And you say...”) will ring true for anyone who’s played pretend with a preschooler, while the homey, soft-edged illustrations enhance this “wonderful tribute to an imagination in perpetual motion” (Publishers Weekly).

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