Cars. I heard about cars ALL THE TIME. Our son is obsessed with his car. He’s also obsessed with the idea of paying off the car so he can get a new one. He’s barely 21 years old and he’s on his third car. He bought his first one when he was 18. He buys cars, pays them off quickly and then buys a new one. He gets bored easily.
His current car is a stick shift. He had NO CLUE how to drive stick when he bought it. He had to have a co-worker drive it home from the dealership when he bought it. We thought he was crazy to buy a car he didn’t know how to drive.
Our son took the car to the local high school parking lot and taught himself how to drive stick on his own. Now he’s a “pro” at it. I’m fifty-something and I don’t know how to drive stick.
When I was younger all I heard was talk about cars too. My father drove a race car (drag racing). He competed semi-professionally.
I loved his car! He had a beautiful old Trans Am that was fixed up to be his race car.
Above is a photo of it (I’m sorry that it’s so small).
As a child, I played with my cousin who lived next door to me. He helped my father with his car when he was a teen.
I grew up playing with Matchbox, Hot Wheels and Tonka cars and truck (I was a bit of a “tom boy” when I was little). I can vividly remember driving the little cars around making all the “vroom vroom” sounds. I enjoyed creating my own raceways too.
I think loving cars and trucks is something many children experience at some point. Yes, even girls can enjoy cars. There is something cool about them, especially for children.
There is a newly published book that can take a child’s love of cars to the next level. I think even not so little kids (aka adults) will appreciate the book too. It’s called What Cars Say.
What Cars Say is a fun, interactive book that allows both children and parents to share in a reading experience about the world of automobiles. This book was created by car lovers, for car lovers regardless of age or gender. Whether you are 3 or 93, with What Cars Say in hand, you won’t be able to stop smiling.
Inside the book, children will find beautiful illustrations of many different cars. In addition, children will learn fun facts about the various cars.
I’m an adult and I found the book very interesting. Even I learned a lot from reading it.
Believe it or not,, these are illustrations. They make the cars look so real.
As children read about the various cars, the can look for the car on the bottom part of the book to press the corresponding car image to hear what that specific car sounds like. What a fun idea!
I made a video touching random buttons. Please excuse my poor video. I’m not an expert at making videos.
The sound are REAL CAR SOUNDS. They really help bring this book to life.
I left this book out on the dining room table, to see if my car obsessed son would look at it. I never caught him flipping through the pages (not that I saw), but I did hear the sounds of the cars when I was in another room. I know he enjoyed pressing the buttons and listening to the cars. I told him he can have the book, but he gave me a look and said “It’s a kids book.” Yeah… so? LOL!
Here is a fun fact. This book is written by a woman! You would think it was written by a man, because cars are most often thought of as a “guy thing.” That is not the case (just like how I played with cars and trucks as a child).
The book was written by Racheal Alfonso.
Rachael Alfonso may be an adult in years, but she is a giant kid at heart. Growing up, she always had a love for cars, and relished every opportunity to attend a local car show with her dad, or accept an invitation to play Hot Wheels with her little brother. As she got older, Rachael began to further her passion for cars by working in the automotive industry as a promoter at car shows, working at dealerships, and hosting & participating in racing events all over her home state of Florida. Those small jobs over the years turned into a huge opportunity, getting to work beside one of the biggest car collectors & enthusiasts in South Florida, Pejman Ghadimi. Under his mentorship, and through her extensive knowledge and tire burning passion for cars, this book was created.
I’m honestly considering sending this book to my father (and he’s going to be 72 next month). I truly believe that he’ll enjoy reading about the various cars, and pressing the buttons to listen to them. Who knows. It might bring back memories of his car racing days.
If you are interested in learning more about this book, or to make a purchase, visit WhatCarsSay.com. Batteries are included too, so your child (or you!) can enjoy the book the moment you take it out of the package.
With Easter fast approaching, this book would be an excellent alternative to candy. As a parent, I used to give my children books, coloring books, crayons and toys instead of heaps of candy at Easter time (they got plenty of candy from the grandparents).
What do you think about this book? Do you think your child (or someone else) would enjoy this fun, engaging, interactive book? Would YOU like the book for yourself? Feel free and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free copy of the book to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.