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The Box Cars by Robert Vescio
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it was amazing
bookshelves: kids-lit

Vescio has really come into his stride with this latest picture book. Succinct and straightforward narrative teams beautiful with Cara King's delightful rainbow wash of water-coloured illustrations. There's plenty of kid appeal on every page as we follow the daily play of best friends, Liam and Kai whose favourite past time is racing and playing in their box cars in the park. Imagination runs the full gamut as they pursue baddies, escort celebrities and pick up passengers in their versatile box cars. Until one day, the duo becomes a trio.

Eve is keen to join in but feels relegated to watching from the sidelines. The kindhearted boys enlist an all inclusive policy that unfortunately just doesn't add up - they only have two boxes - and sadly their play ends in tatters. How the boys solve the dilemma is brilliant and pays terrific homage to creative problem-solving and how far one could go for the sake of friendship. With gentle nods to respect for the environment, recycling and the joy of the great outdoors vs. the cursed device screen as entertainment, this picture book has much to rejoice about. Highly recommended.

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Reading Progress

October 11, 2018 – Shelved
October 11, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
February 4, 2019 – Started Reading
February 4, 2019 – Shelved as: kids-lit
February 4, 2019 – Finished Reading

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