Road Trip written by Danny Parker, illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom (Little Hare Books) HB RRP $24.99
Reviewed by Liz Ledden
Road Trip, told in flawless rhyme, chronicles the persistence of a child asking their dad how long an hour is as they embark on a road trip. Familiar to adults everywhere, the impatience of kids and their sometimes comical lack of awareness of time is evoked in this story.
The dad explains all the things that can take an hour, highlighting its brevity while also charting all the joyous things about childhood (which lovers of the author’s Perfect will come to see is a recurring Danny Parker theme). From cake making to play dates and jumping in puddles in the rain, it’s a charming look at special moments. As the child grows increasingly impatient and frustrated (‘I don’t want some Dad-words’ – I love that line!) they happen to arrive.
This book manages to be fun, funny and poignant all at the same time, with a great ending summing up the way an hour can easily be passed. The illustrations have a unique quality with their light blue, green and grey palette, with the use of pencil providing a naïve feel that suits the tone of the story.