Professor Wooford McPaw's History of Cars

Professor Wooford McPaw's History of Cars
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April 22, 2021
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Professor Wooford McPaw.In this title, Professor McPaw explores the history of the car, starting with the steam engine in the early 1800s, the advent of the combustion engine in 1872, the popularisation of the car by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, the evolution of motor racing, luxury cars of the 1950s, the Japanese innovations of the 1970s, and finally the new technologies of electric and self-driving cars today.The book is engagingly illustrated by Elliot Kruszynski, whose bright, clean, Scarry-esque style appeals to children across a broad age range. The Professor and his sidekick (in this case a car, but changing with each book), discuss the intricacies of each historical moment, lending a humorous, personal touch. Comic strip interludes capture key moments, like the first cross-country road trip by the wife of Karl Benz, inventor of the petrol motorcar; or the invention of Fords assembly line.Striking a refreshing balance between authoritative, clearly conveyed information, and witty, bright commentary, Professor Peyton McPaw will be a captivating tour-guide through the fascinating developments of the modern world.

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delightful and educational picture book about cars
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PROFESSOR WOOFORD MCPAW'S HISTORY OF CARS is an educational and enlightening read about the invention of cars. For young vehicle enthusiasts, this book gives a broad look at the development of cars, the things that make them possible like engines, and the way that they evolved over time. With a conversational tone and plenty of fun illustrated vehicles, the book covers a lot of topics in a simple manner that will work well for young readers.

What I loved: There is a lot of great information in the book about the earliest cars, the engine developments that made modern cars possible, and their early production and use extending all the way into the choices of fuel being used now, types of racing cars, and even unusual cars over time. Young vehicle enthusiasts will delight in learning so many new and fascinating facts as well as seeing all the sketches of different cars - being driven by animals. The conversational tone and panel type structure almost makes this book read like a graphic novel with the story of cars being carried around the pages and through the different topics. This would work very well for older picture book readers who want to learn some key facts without diving too deep into any particular topic, and there is a lot to learn in this straight-forward and fun way!

The illustrations are great with fun details and delightful animal characters throughout, and activities in the book (such as hidden golden bones throughout and a maze in the middle) make this a really engaging read. Topics are broad, but they teach a lot about vehicles, their histories, and even their environmental impact. The book also does a great job of proposing the ways in which cars could change and inviting children to become a part of that future.

What left me wanting more: As a small thing, it would have been helpful to have more information about the other things in automobiles (besides fuel and engines) as well as to see real photos of cars that would have taken this up a notch.

Final verdict: Delightful and educational, PROFESSOR WOOFORD MCPAW'S HISTORY OF CARS is a great edition for the young vehicle enthusiast. Recommend for early elementary school aged readers.
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