The Boy Who Loved Cars

By Kara LaReau; Scott Magoon (Illustrator)

Roaring Brook Press, Hardcover, 9781596434844, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 21, 2011


Otto loves cars more than anything else in the world. He plays with cars, he dreams about cars, . . . he even "eats" cars (his favorite cereal is Wheelies). But that all changes when he awakes one morning to find that he has somehow turned "into" a car.Otto soon realizes that there is a downside to actually becoming his favorite thing. While the rest of his friends get to play and draw, Otto can only honk and sputter. Will Otto ever be able to switch gears and go back to being a boy?

About the Author

SCOTT MAGOON is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, including Hugo and Miles in I ve Painted Everything. He lives in Reading, Massachusetts.

Praise For Otto

“Car lovers in particular will enjoy Otto’s tale, but any kid who has ever dreamed of being something else will find lots of heart and humor in Otto’s story of new perspective.” --BCCB "An unexpected ending wraps up this story beautifully, providing opportunity for discussion of this multithemed gem.... A winner, whether sharing with a group or in a one-on-one setting" --SLJ “Otto, as is only fitting, is in love with autos.” –Kirkus Reviews