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Mitchell's License    by Hallie Durand & Tony Fucile order for
Mitchell's License
by Hallie Durand
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Just over four years old, Mitchell still doesn't relish going to bed each night. In fact, he makes the evening ritual a bit of a pain until his dad comes up with a clever plan to make the situation less stressful for everyone in the family.

Mitchell's dad gives his son a 'Remote-control dad driver's license'. This means that now the child can drive himself to bed each night. First Mitchell checks his new car's tires (his dad's slippers), then he gets into the driver's seat (his dad's shoulders) with a little help, cleans the windshield (dad's glasses) and 'VROOM!' they are off.

To beep the horn, Mitchell just pushes down on his dad's nose and when he needs to hit the brakes he just pulls on his dad's hair. Ouch! Some time his car needs oil so the little boy opens up the hood (his dad's mouth) and pours in some oil (coffee). To make a left turn, Mitchell only needs to tug on his dad's ear, and if a headlight is necessary, the child keeps a flashlight handy.

If there's a need for gas, the cookie jar isn't far away, although Mitchell seems to think he is supposed to put the fuel in his tank rather than in his vehicle! Occasionally the child's car really does run out of gas and needs to stop for a rest but now Mitchell doesn't mind going to bed each night. In fact, he can't wait to jump behind the wheel and careen down the freeway (hallway) on the way to slumberland.

This humorous bedtime picture book will delight your child, but be careful. If you don't wish to be the car your toddler steers to his or her bed, you better have an alternate plan ready! Beep, beep!

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