Monday, May 4, 2009

Non-Fiction Monday: Road Trip!

I love road trips in theory, but living in southern NM and having all our family in Upstate NY means I take A LOT of road trips. Seeing the country is fantastic, but sitting in the car for hours and hours on end, typically in the heat with crazy dogs in the backseat is just irritating!! Well, my road trips may not be all that enjoyable, but the story of the first American cross-country road trip is actually really cool. Dr. Horatio Jackson set out to drive across the country in 1903, with a dog and a mechanic by his side...and had all sorts of adventures along the way.

Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip was written by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff and illustated by Wes Hargis. The car was named Vermont after the state Jackson lived in and the dog's name was Bud (who they bought for 15.00 from a man on the side of the road), and the mechanic's name was Crocker. The three had break-downs, mud issues, and were attacked by a swarm of flying grasshoppers. Crazy! They made their journey going no more than 30 miles per hour in 63 days, 12 hours, and 30 minutes, very impressive!

I loved three things about this book. The story was a blast to read about, the illustrations were hilarious, and Bud the dog was a PIT BULL! The pictures are at first deceiving and the description of him is a "bulldog" but if the pictures in the back of the book very much look like my Shae! The text reads like a typical picture book story and there is some awesome factual info in the back of the book, along with real photographs. I very much enjoyed this one!

Recommended for libraries!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's Cross-Country Automobile Trip
Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
32 pages
Millbrook Press
April 2009

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