cbr15bingo Bodies, Bodies: The car has bodies in it & the cars body holds them.
Growing up my parents probably named more than a vehicle or two. We never had anything as solid as Bob (named by our young narrator) but I remember a few such as The Banana Boat (it was a 1972 light yellow Dodge Monaco) and The Roadrunner (it had roadrunner mud flaps), but we knew a good vehicle needed the love that the family shows their car in the picture book A Letter for Bob.
On the eve of trading Bob in for a new vehicle (after all a growing family needs a larger car), the young girl of the story, in a letter to Bob the car, talks about how Bob has always been there for her and her family. Bob was there when she was born, and when they needed to go to friends’ houses, and when they took trips to see their Grandmother and Old Faithful. And Bob was even there, keeping them safe, the day of the accident. And of course, it was not a one way friendship. When Bob was dirty, they washed him, and appreciated that he was not too upset over the plops, spills, and too much snacking after the powwow once.
The humorous, but sweet and honestly a bit serious story of Kim Rogers and the illustrations that capture both elements (see cover that allows you to judge by the cover of a book) by Jonathan Nelson, make this book (due mid-September 2023) an interesting read. While the appeal might be limited if you take it on the surface (buying a new car if the old one has special memories attached), it could work for more than one idea. Good for at least ages five and up, it will be a fun read-aloud. Read via an online reader copy.