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If I Could Drive, Mama

(4) K-3 Illustrated by Simone Shin. Using a decked-out cardboard-box car, a young boy takes his mom on a "ride" through their house and yard that includes stops at "the library" (a bookcase), "Charlie's Diner" (the kitchen), etc. It's a (very) long ride, and the narrator doesn't sound childlike, but young readers will go for the winning concept, play-focused art, and onomatopoeic bursts ("REV REV VROOM").

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