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The Boy Who Loved Cars

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Otto loves cars more than anything else in the world. He plays with cars, he dreams about cars, . . . he even eats cars (his favorite cereal is Wheelies). But that all changes when he awakes one morning to find that he has somehow turned into a car.Otto soon realizes that there is a downside to actually becoming his favorite thing. While the rest of his friends get to play and draw, Otto can only honk and sputter. Will Otto ever be able to switch gears and go back to being a boy?

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 13, 2011 – With his homonymic name, Otto might be forgiven for loving autos "above all places and things (and even most people)." More than his one-track racetrack mind, Otto's flaw is his self-centeredness. In his rush to his race car festooned bedroom, he does not return his mother's hug, and at recess, he will play only car-themed games with his friends Chevy, Mini, and Kia. Despite his mother's admonition that "Everyone has to shift gears sometime," Otto remains unconvinced until he wakes up as a sporty red convertible. Nobody notices the change, yet he can only "honk" and "vroom." He drives to school amid traffic fumes, plays alone, and has to skip lunch. Back home, he sadly "ran out of gas and went to sleep." LaReau and Magoon (who previously collaborated on Ugly Fish) take aim at children focused on material goods (or other obsessions) over relationships; an undersize typeface and long explanations suggest this warning proved hard to distill. Overnight, Otto transforms into a considerate and grateful boy, providing a wishful, Pinocchio-like conclusion but minimal practical advice. Ages 2 6.


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  • $7.99
  • Level: Grades P-1
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Transportation
  • Published: Jun 21, 2011
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Seller: Macmillan
  • Print Length: 32 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.2 or later and iOS 4.2 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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