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Are We There Yet?

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Car trip turns to time travel in highly imaginative story.

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A car trip to Grandma's that seems endless becomes a trip through time in this highly imaginative book that turns readers' expectations -- and the book itself -- upside down. When a boy starts getting fidgety and asking his parents "Are we there yet?", readers are prompted to turn the book physically, and, as if they're turning a steering wheel, the car veers and travels back in time. Pirates! Medieval jousters! The unusual formatting adds a fun, interactive element, and each spread travels back a bit further, providing lots to look at and talk about.

Some kids will delight in turning the book -- and the conventions of reading -- upside down. Others who don't yet read themselves (so don't know how to follow the trail of text) and who are still getting the hang of turning pages the "right" way, may be confused by the upending of expectation. The rollicking adventures are tied up at the end with a gentle and well-earned lesson about life having twists and turns and the importance of enjoying the ride.

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