Can’t say enough great things about this book. I backed it on Kickstarter and have been looking forward to it ever since. The Author put a lot of time and effort into it getting the details right and making it an instant classic that I hope to pass down in my family for years to come!
Beautifully done! The story is wonderful, and every page of artwork is nostalgic and fun. I found myself studying every drawing looking for items that reminded me of that age: A Farmall H tractor…an old Chevy pickup…a run-down barn. This is a book fathers and sons will enjoy together over and over.
Short, sweet and full of colors. The Little Red Racing Car is just like childhood itself.
From the beggining of the project, Dwight Knowlton set to make a story for kids that would please grown-ups as well. A Maserati racing car was thrown into the mix for good measure, as well as the name of Sir Stirling Moss. All of that was to be coupled with a great graphic quality and the sum of all these components looked like a match made in heaven, and Dwight delievered because it is such a thing.
Unsurprisingly, the story has no complexity at all because it’s a story mainly aimed at an audience with a single-digit age, but it does have some depth and its pages have a lesson or two for little boys and big boys as well, things like: “Don’t throw something away because it’s old” or “Dissasemble carefully and organize every little nut and bolt”. Of course, like with any other book, it’s an experience that’ll depend entirely on who the reader is. I’m a bit off the target audience, I’m a 20 year old that never knew his dad, but I loved the short but endearing story. What’s left of the little kid inside of me loved it though, and I imagine any actual kid with a slight interest in those things that go “Vrooooooooom” will love it as well. Father and son couples should get an absolute blast with this, it could very well may be one of those items that allow the creation of a lovely memory, of one of those “Hey dad…do you remember that book we read when I was a kid…?” moments that people cherish ’til the day they die.
And again, the images just add to the boy-ish charm of it all, they’re colorful and simple enough for a kid to understand but they’re detailed and stylish enough for a grown-up to appreciate. The bright red colour of the Maserati will surely delight the eyes of the little ones and the little easter-eggs here and there will please the grown ups. I can’t think of a better way to show a little kid what a carburator is, or a cylinder head, or a Stirling Moss. In this days when people are starting to lose interest in anything automotive this book is a perfect way of carrying on the spirit of gearhead-ism and the love of fuel-burning to the younger generations.
Anyone who loves cars and is able to feel any kind of emotion should give The Little Red Racing Car a read. Or two. Or three. Or a million. Just like the kid he/she is, or the kid he/she was. It’s the kind of book that can make a childhood awesome, and that’s one of the best things that can be said about a book.
What a lovely little book for car guys of ALL ages.. especially ones with old foreign race cars and old RED foreign sports cars (that run and some that don’t) and all those who wish that THEY were the ones who found that diamond in the rough in a barn on their own property!
I received the book today, and have been busy passing it around the family. A wonderful read, thanks so much for sharing the story
I bought this book and the father/son shirts for my husband for Christmas, and he was very emotional and happy when he opened the box. My son loves the book, and he got teary-eyed when I told him the little red car was lonely and needed a friend to help it! Thank you!
I received my shirt order yesterday. I purchased the plays with cars shirt for my son and still plays with cars for my husband. I love them!! They feel so soft and I absolutely love them. I recommend them to others now!!!!
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