Let's Go for A Ride

Let's Go for A Ride

Book - 2006
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They make strange noises. They belch smoke. There are far too many of them. But from the very beginning, we have always been crazy about our cars. In this visual love song to a much-maligned part of our lives, Maxwell Newhouse gives us a whimsical, quirky, and very personal history of the cars he adores.

In the early days, cars were primarily a source of recreation. They shared unpaved roads with horses and wagons, and when they ran out of gas -- which was often because there were few gas stations -- horses had to pull them home. Driving mania soon began to shape the landscape. Cars begat gas stations, which sparked the popularity of family camping, going to the drive-in, and fast food. They even spawned bridges so that people could ford rivers in the comfort of their cars.

Maxwell Newhouse has captured their spirit perfectly. Even now, when we all try to walk, use public transit, or ride bikes, there is still something thrilling in the cry, "Let's go for a ride!"
Publisher: Toronto : Tundra Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780887767487
Characteristics: [21] pages :,color illustrations ;,22 x 26 cm.
Alternative Title: Let us go for a ride


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Sep 29, 2011

This is a picture book about the North American love affair with the car. Ending in the golden age, making it a very one-sided look at the car. Yes, the author has a little blurb at the end about parking his car and riding his bike, but that only adds to the hollow feel of this book. It's almost as if it was paid for by an oil or car company.


Sep 16, 2011

This is a really engaging kid's book about the history of the automobile. It appears to be set in the Vancouver area. The illustrations are beautiful. The only (very small) part I didn't like was the author's reference at the end to driving as recreation rather than transportation. Mind you I might be tempted to go for more recreational drives if I lived in on the West Coast...

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