What You Need to Know:|
• Mitchell’s License is a fun story to read before bed – but be prepared, your readers may want to be “drivers” too.
• The father/son bonding makes this book a nice Father’s Day gift.
• Hallie Durand is the pen name for literary agent, Holly McGhee.
• Tony Fucile also illustrated Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo.
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.
2011, 40 pages
Bedtime, Family Life, Imagination
• Do you have a special routine before you go to bed? What do you do?
• Why do you think that Mitchell doesn’t ever want to go to sleep? Do you ever feel that way too?
• How does the car game help Mitchell feel ready for sleep?
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