Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Cars
Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Things
Published by: Cicada Books
Imprint: Cicada Books
Praise for The History of Cars
'A broad history, ideal for car lovers'. -- Kirkus
'Lots of vroom for car enthusiasts and history buffs alike'. --Booklist
'This marvellous exploration of the history, design, engineering, technology and innovation of car-making is essential reading for any child with an interest in cars'. -- BookTrust
'This is a great book for children as a introduction to the world of non-fiction books'. -- Reading Zone
'Cartoon style illustrations, and short bursts of text, make it easy to navigate and find fascinating facts. I hope there will be more from Elliot Kruszynski and Prof McPaw!' -- My Shelves Are Full
'This book offers an interesting and informative history of cars with plenty of light-hearted, chatty asides!' -- North Somerset Teacher's Book Award
The first in a series of books by Elliot Kruszynski, exploring the histories of modern technologies, introduced and explained by a helpful (if somewhat arrogant) dog called Professor Wooford McPaw.
In this title, Professor McPaw explores the history of the car, starting with the steam engine in the early 1800s, the advent of the combustion engine in 1872, the popularisation of the car by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, the evolution of motor racing, luxury cars of the 1950s, the Japanese innovations of the 1970s, and finally the new technologies of electric and self-driving cars today. The book is engagingly illustrated by Elliot Kruszynski, whose bright, clean, informative style appeals to children across a broad age range. The Professor and his sidekick (in this case a car, but changing with each book), discuss the intricacies of historical episodes along the way, lending a humorous, personal touch. Comic strip interludes capture key moments, like the first cross-country road trip by the wife of Karl Benz, inventor of the first gas-powered car; or the advent of Ford’s assembly line. Striking a refreshing balance between authoritative, clearly conveyed information, and witty, bright commentary, Professor McPaw will be a captivating tour-guide through the fascinating developments of the modern world.
'Professor Wooford McPaw, a Richard Scarryesque dog, and his tiny red-car sidekick guide young gearheads through a lively history of cars. Double-page spreads in a cartoon style begin with early inventions that inspired cars, how Henry Ford’s assembly lines revolutionized car manufacturing, and examples of the first cars in production. The knowledgeable pup continues to introduce car designers and manufacturers in post-World War II Europe, the rise of the modern car and Japanese manufacturers, and the advent of early and modern motor racing. The book concludes with a look at modern cars, alternatives to gasoline, electric cars, and cars of the future. Interspersed throughout are fascinating details, such as the influence Bertha Benz had on her husband Karl’s designs, Hitler’s role in the development of the Volkswagen Beetle, and the early popularity of electric cars that ultimately gave way to gasoline cars. Metric distances and an unexpected maze may slightly detract but won’t deter readers from the right blend of fun facts and charming illustrations. Lots of vroom for car enthusiasts and history buffs alike'. --Booklist
'Young gearheads, rejoice! It’s time to take a deep dive into the history of the automobile.
Professor Wooford McPaw may go on a bit when excited, but that’s because the scholar cannot wait to introduce young readers to the past, present, and future of cars. Going back as far as a spring-loaded creation invented by Leonardo da Vinci, the book moves at a trot, exploring not just the history of the contraption, but also individual models of different cars. In the breezy survey, illustrated with bright cartoons, Professor McPaw takes time to acknowledge the contributions of women, including Berthe Benz and how her inventions were incorporated into cars’ future designs. The book also takes care to present both the good and bad about automobiles. Introductions to gasoline alternatives like biofuels, hydrogen fuel cells, and battery power list both the advantages and potential complications of each resource. (The estimated range of a modern electric car is, sadly, out of date.) The “clean diesel” lie propagated by car companies makes an appearance, as does Hitler’s role in the creation of the Volkswagen Beetle. American readers must also be ready to convert kilometers to miles throughout the text.
A broad history, ideal for car lovers'. -- Kirkus
'Come and meet Professor Wooford McPaw and his trusty car sidekick as they take the reader on a historical journey about cars, something many of us cannot imagine a life without. Of course, with all inventions and discoveries, there was a time when cars did not exist and that is where this book begins, BC (Before Cars). The pages are filled with cartoon style illustrations, and short bursts of text, making it easy to navigate and find fascinating facts. Along this journey of discovery, we will traverse the world and time periods to find out about basic cars, luxury cars and everything in between. There is much to gain from reading this and my husband even picked it up to have a look inside, commenting on how he would have loved this as a child. Towards the end of the book, Prof McPaw looks at some of the weirdest cars, which really captured my imagination, and on cars of the future, which will inspire readers to dream of cars that drive themselves and cities banning cars in favour of public transportation. I hope there will be more from Elliot Kruszynski and Prof McPaw!' -- My Shelves Are Full
'This is a really informative book; it's easy to understand although there is a lot of information on each page - my husband and I have both learnt a lot whilst reading it to our daughter!
It's clearly laid out, easy to follow and the facts are all supported by fun illustrations that help to explain. This non-fiction book has a contents page and an index and is a good introduction to the genre; the text is mostly presented in short, clear text boxes which make it more appealing to reluctant readers.
This is a great book for children who have expressed an interest in motor vehicles, for learning about changes in technology over time or as a introduction to the world of non-fiction books'. -- Reading Zone
'I grew up with car-loving brothers and (not having learned my lesson!) married a car-lover, but fail to see the attraction myself. However, that said, this book offers an interesting and informative history with plenty of light-hearted, chatty asides from the Prof and his team.
The book offers clear, concise explanations of key concepts and features. Key moments are told through cartoon strips. The story of Mrs Benz leaving her husband and driving long distance is presented in this way, making it easy to follow the key points. Professor Wooford and his car companion are always on hand with their commentary, adding a touch of humour as well as additional information.
The illustrations are bright, bold and appealing. The little car has hidden five of the Professor’s golden bones throughout the book for the reader to find whilst reading and there is a maze to solve to help the Prof and his car find fuel. The book uses American terminology - sedan, gas station, minivan- but nothing which would stop it being enjoyed or understood here in the UK. Professor Wooford McPaw makes it clear at the end of the book that he is thinking of writing a book about astronomy next. We’re looking forward to reading that one!' -- North Somerset Teacher's Book Award
'The vibrant cartoon illustrations are crisp and humorous, and provide a wealth of visual information to complement the interesting text. There are diagrams to show how a car works, pictures of iconic vehicles and a page showcasing some of the weirdest cars of all time.
This marvellous exploration of the history, design, engineering, technology and innovation of car-making is essential reading for any child with an interest in cars'. -- BOOKTRUST