Posted by Venus on Friday, May 27, 2016
Labels: picture book review
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Readers
Release Date: April 12, 2016
It doesn't matter if the trip is ten minutes or ten hours, anyone who has driven a kid around will be asked this question eventually. In Dan Santat's newest book we follow one family as time doesn't just crawl by, but actually begins to go backward, sending the family vehicle back in time to pirates and dinosaurs and Ancient Egypt.
Santat perfectly captures the feeling of time dragging by with one very clever and imaginative boy. Readers are taken throughout history and as with all of Santat's book, it is so bright and lively, illustrated to perfection. There is also a great section of the book where they end up in the future where the robot speaks in QR code. That's right, readers will need to scan the book with a mobile device and a QR reading app in order to see what the robot is saying. Personally, I thought this was brilliant as it was a surprisingly interactive moment that you don't usually get with a print book. Such a fun book and the perfect present for any kid who finds road trips a little boring.