Once upon a time...
The word “carwash” may be prevalent in our day–to–day lexicon, but it’s popping up frequently in a very unlikely spot: Children’s books. The books might not have the same familiarity as say, “Little Red Riding Hood,” but it’s nice to know that future carwashers are being inspired by some of the titles listed here.
By authors Susan Steen and Sandra Steen, and illustrated by G. Brian Karas
A picture book telling the story of a father and his two children who spend their early afternoon getting their car washed after accidentally driving through a mud puddle. While at the conveyor carwash, the two children imagine they are descending into the ocean, complete with “sea creatures” which are really the brushes and booms used in the tunnel.
The Scrubbly–Bubbly Car Wash
By Irene O’Garden, and illustrated by Cynthia Jabar
A line from the book includes, “Soapy floppy brushes mop/from our tires to our top.” This rhyming book focuses on two siblings who describe their carwashing experience while inside the conveyor.
Isabel’s Car Wash
(Albert Whitman & Company)
By Sheila Bair, and illustrated by Judy Stead
The story of Isabel who decides to open a carwashing business in order to make enough money to buy a doll. The book also touches on some key entrepreneurial strategies, mergers and sacrifices.
Car Wash Kid
By Cathy Goldberg Fishman and illustrated by Barry Gott
A son and father team up to wash the family car.
Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car
By Eileen Christelow
Part of the Five Little Monkeys series, this one involves the mother monkey wanting to sell their car, but her five kids think it’s too dirty to sell and decide to clean it themselves. The story also involves some auto detailing.