Each year, the school class gets to build go-carts to race one another. They are given kits with detailed instructions as well as all of the necessary materials. Rafael follows the directions, working away to build his go-cart. His next door neighbor, Maya, is more preoccupied with nature and creativity. When she finally gets around to opening her box of go-cart materials, she sees another design amidst the pieces, blueprints, and directions. She creates her own go-cart, certainly not like the rest of her classmates.
After Rafael makes sure the directions do not forbid working together, he and Maya set off to create their own go-cart that most surely will win the race for them. But the story does not end as expected as this twosome have only just begun to release the creativity in their young minds. The creative spirit is a source for joyful celebration. Moving past the blueprints and directions, as Rafael and Maya did, can guide us all to try coloring outside the lines.
Peter illustrated this book with his unique blend of color and thin line drawings.
Reading Level: 4 – 8 Years
Author and Illustrator:
Peter H. Reynolds is the bestselling author and illustrator of I’m Here, The Dot, and Ish; and illustrator for the New York Times #1 bestseller Someday by Alison McGhee. He is also the illustrator of Little Boy, Charlie and Kiwi, and the Judy Moody series. He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, where he is co-owner of the Blue Bunny bookstore. Peter can be found @ PeterHReynolds.com and The Blue Bunny Books & Toys
Paul A. Reynolds is Peter’s twin brother. Going Places is their first collaboration. Paul is CEO of FableVision Studios, founded by Peter. It is a multimillion-dollar internationally recognized “multimedia developer and publisher, with partnerships, strategic alliances and clients across many industries – broadcast, museum, institutional, K12, educational publishing, technology and research.”
Paul teaches digital media production at Boston College. He lives with his family in Dedham, Massachusetts, where they run a book and toy shop called The Blue Bunny.
- ISBN-13: 9781442466081
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publication date: 3/18/2014
- Pages: 40
- Product dimensions: 8.60 x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)
First reviewed this May 18, 2014 on original blog.