If I Built a Car

“If I built a car, it’d be totally new!

Here are a few of the things that I would do. . . .”

If I Built a Car, written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, follows young Jack as he designs a car and gives his dad a tour. A wonderful book about what a boy who loves automobiles can dream up when the only constraint is his imagination.

What’s the Story?

Young Jack gives an eye-opening tour of the car he’d like to build, complete with features such as a snack bar, a robot chauffeur, and a built-in swimming pool.


Jack’s wild imagination takes the driver’s seat and sets us off on an adventure where we’re underwater diving one minute and flying high the next in this creative and whimsical take on the car of the future. 

Why is it Great?

Gorgeously colorful illustrations in a 1950s setting this book has a retro-futuristic feel that children and adults alike will love.


The exceptional illustrations are packed with witty detail, bright colors, and lots of chrome, giving the story a retro feel reminiscent of the era of classic American automobiles. Chris Van Dusen’s rhymes leap and bound off the page with infectious rhythm and Jack’s clever inventions means that imagination and creativity never take a back seat.

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