The Box Cars
EK Books, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A24.99
Best friends Liam and Kai love to race around the park every day in their box cars, pretending to be everything from policemen to limo drivers! One day they notice a little girl watching them — she’s keen to join in, but there’s only room for two. Each boy offered Eve his car but then that meant someone was left standing alone on the sidelines watching. However, they solved the problem by the boys sharing a box, but cardboard box cars are not built for two people!
Robert Vescio has written yet another delightful story for the early childhood brigade, focusing on ordinary, everyday adventures familiar to so many and bringing them to life. Who hasn’t seen a young child turning a large cardboard box into anything but a cardboard box, letting their imagination soar and having the time of their life?
The gentle illustrations, which include the most charming endpapers, are perfect for the tone of the story and capture its emotions so well.
Focusing on friendship, creativity and problem-solving, this is likely to become a much-requested favourite.