Sunday, June 28, 2009

Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride Reviews

It's been a long while since I ran across a picture book that my kids and I enjoyed this much. Wes's illustrations are masterful and fun as he depicts the first cross-country automobile trip. Here are some reviews:

Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip

“In his cartoon pictures Hargis depicts all three of his goggle-wearing travelers having the time of their lives . . . The author sticks closely to the historical record in her present-tense narrative and layers in more detail, plus photos, in a closing note. . . her invitation to clamber aboard will be hard to resist!”


“Short sentences and readable prose capture much of the triumph and challenge of the 63-day trip . . . The animated, cartoon illustrations are lighthearted and detailed, and add much to the narrative.”

School Library Journal

“Hargis' glib cartoon illustrations of the begoggled trio and their clanging, mud-spattered auto are a terrific match to the lighthearted narrative. An afterword provides a deeper appreciation for just how remarkable and historical their adventure really was. Easily accessible history here.”


“A delightful kids’ book!”

Dave Wood

“I give this book a high five for the awesome strong story that Author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff was able to write around a true story, and the really fun illustrations done by Wes Hargis. I really liked the end of the book where photos of the real Jackson, Crocker, and Bud were used, along with what happened to all of them after the completion of their epic auto journey. This is a great story to tickle the imagination of your child to think about how life was like before roads in this country.”

Gayle Jacobson-Huset
Stories For Children Magazine


  1. Wow. Thanks for this, Ted. It cheered me up.

    You are the best, Dude.