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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story by P.D. Eastman
The Book Stops Here by Kate Carlisle
By Motor to the Golden Gate by Emily Post
Chapter and Hearse by Lorna Barrett
Cleopatra in Space: The Golden Lion by Mike Maihack
Cotton Tenants: Three Families by James Agee
Crafty Cat and the Crafty Camp Crisis by Charise Mericle Harper
Demon, Volume 3 by Jason Shiga
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The Fog by Kyo Maclear
The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon
Lumberjanes, Volume 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
Max Versus The Cube by Hanne Türk
Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
Once Upon a Thriller by Carolyn Keene
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters and Joan Hess
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers by Harold Davis
Race the Night by Kirsten Hubbard Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eagar
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Say No to Murder by Nancy Pickard
Sentenced to Death by Lorna Barrett
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrop
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Under the Dragon's Tail by Maureen Jennings
The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang
Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 02)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 09)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 16)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 23)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (October 30)
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Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story: 10/13/17

Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story by P.D. Eastman

Big Dog...Little Dog: A Bedtime Story by P.D. Eastman is the first Fred and Ted book. Fred is a tall dog who loves green. Ted is a short dog who loves red. They live together in a green and red house and drive their own color coordinated cars.

I am revisiting the Fred and Ted books for the road narrative project. An impromptu overnight trip to the mountains might not qualify as a road trip but it is a short book, so it has a short trip.

In the earliest modern day American road trips, like those that traversed the Lincoln Highway, it was common (and common sense) for road-trippers to caravan. If one car got stuck in the mud or sand the other could winch out the car or drive into the next town for help.

Two Lincoln Highway road trip memoirs: Across the Continent on the Lincoln Highway by Effie Price Gladding and It Might Have Been Worse: A Motor Trip from Coast to Coast by Beatrice Larned Massey both mention traveling with another car. The Gladdings had Mr. N. whom they met along the way, and the Masseys had the Doctor and Toodles.

The stopping at a hotel without reservations or exact plans because a particular place was calling is another old school road trip trope. Though the routes were planned, reservations were rarely made in advance. The having wildly different experiences in the same hotel is another part of the early road trip adventure, though switching rooms, such as Fred and Ted end up doing, is not something I've come across before.

Four stars

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