If I Could Drive, Mama (Hardcover)
When Charlie turns a plain cardboard box into a zippy new car, he can’t wait for Mama to have the first ride. He adjusts the mirror, checks to be sure there is enough gas, and reminds Mama to buckle up. Then off they go—REV REV VROOM! There are places to visit and bumps along the way. There is even a traffic jam! By the time they return home, Mama is exhausted, but Charlie can’t wait for her nap to be over so he can drive her someplace else.
A Margaret Ferguson Book
About the Author
Cari Best has written many award-winning picture books, including Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; and My Three Best Friends and Me, described by the New York Times as “refreshing” and “exciting.” Her picture book If I Could Drive, Mama was described by Publishers Weekly as “a wonderful tribute to an imagination in perpetual motion.” In the Country of Queens is her first novel. Ms. Best lives in Connecticut.
Simone Shin is an editorial and children’s book illustrator. She graduated from Boston University and Art Center college of design. Her work can be seen in publications such as the New York Times, Wired and Real SimpleMagazine, and she is the illustrator of several (published and upcoming) picture books. She lives and works in her Bay Area-based studio, and teaches at an art school for children.
“The softly colored illustrations show the gleeful mother-son pair exploring every inch of the house in the cardboard car. The comfortable home and its familiar furnishings are transformed by Charlie's conversations into a setting for modest adventures that mimic adult behaviors.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Inviting Mama to take a spin in his cardboard box car (“the zippiest car in the whole world!”), young Charlie takes firm control of both the driver’s seat and the role of narrator. As Charlie and Mama make stops around their house, mimicking familiar mom-and-kid errands (the library, the diner, the nail parlor), his exuberant running commentary reflects a wealth of observations gleaned as a backseat passenger and Mama’s sidekick. . .a wonderful tribute to an imagination in perpetual motion.” —Publishers Weekly