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Car Wash

by Sandra Steen and Susan Steen
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Published by G. P. Putnam, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-399-23369-5

Ages 4 - 7

When Dad takes the family's mud-splattered car to the car wash, a brother and sister go along for the adventure. And what an adventure they have! As soon as they enter the darkened tunnel of the car wash, the two imagine that they're inside a submarine, looking out at the foamy sea. They survive an attack by a giant octopus and a sea monster with big claws. What's that behind the seaweed -- a shark? No time to find out because there's a hurricane coming! The children's deep sea adventure is accompanied by whimsical collage illustrations that manage to show both the realities of the car-wash interior and the imagined undersea world. This amusing picture story will be best appreciated by experienced car-wash adventurers, old enough to understand the humor in the subtle interplay between fantasy and reality. CCBC categories: Picture Books for Older Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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