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Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand
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Mitchell uses his active imagination to play a game of “car and driver” that makes going to bed more fun. The clever language and expressive illustrations help to transform (at least in our minds) Mitchell and his dad into driver and car. He checks the engine (his dad’s stomach) and the tires (his dad’s feet) and he’s ready to go. Hopping onto his dad’s solid shoulders, he zips with joy around the house. The illustrations are so vibrant, we can almost feel the wind blowing in Mitchell’s hair, and the exhaustion the dad clearly feels when the ride is finally over. The use of onomatopoeia also brings the action to life with words like, bonk and vroom! Mitchell’s agreeable dad is pulled and prodded, even having his nose honked and hair pulled, but happily goes along with the fun. Young readers will be drawn to this concept of being so in control of their surroundings, while parents will be happy to see that the story ends with Mitchell in his bed! From Mitchell running in his red pajamas to the red flashlight spinning through the air, there is a feeling of movement on each page that will propel readers quickly through this story.
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