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When a brother and sister reluctantly join their parents on a car trip, the battle begins. The backseat is the setting of a minor war as the siblings square off about crossing the territorial border of the middle seat with a dangling foot -- and the deplorable act of actually touching the enemy. Sound familiar? Many readers will find this story fraught with childhood memories, especially as the battle escalates into an imaginative free-for-all.
Author and illustrator Stephen Gammell works his magic and taps into a timeless experience, using creative illustrations and simply funny text. We meet the quarreling duo as their sweet parents escort them to the car. After Mom requests that they try to get along just this once, the two immediately clash. Gammell uses his signature style of watercolor, pastels, and pencil to evoke the true animosity between the siblings. Their faces turn progressively greener as they fight. Throughout the story, splashes of color erupt from every motion, and the detailed expression of the rambunctious tykes is sure to amuse and appeal to younger readers.
The real action takes place when their imagination takes control and everything, from car seats to beds, starts to fly. The brother turns into an astronaut and shoots his sister into space. Sis hops on a sled and throws her snowman-brother down a hill. The two are brought back to earth when Mom brings out snacks. Has the dust settled and the war ended? The last picture shows the two eating as Brother's jelly sandwich squirts its filling all over his sister. Round two should be right around the corner... (Amy Barkat)