Noah’s favorite book in all the world is this one:
He has a name for every car on every page, and can quiz me tirelessly on the location of each one of them.
The basic idea is that all of the pages are snapshots of one grander layout of rows and rows of cars. And, since my son lives for cars, nothing could be better.
Except, perhaps, the same book made with his beloved cars.
I got this idea one night as I was reading his book for the tenth time, and just couldn’t let it go.
(Plus, I find great pleasure in lining up all of his cars.)
So I did just that – I got out all of his cars, airplanes, motorcycles, and the like (everything but trains – a girl’s gotta draw the line somewhere) and created the traffic jam of the century.
(Yes. He has an insane number of cars. But that’s all he ever wants, so he gets them from everyone for every holiday, and he is well-pleased.)
Me and my limited camera skills had issues capturing crisp-to-the-edges photos of the cars (F-Stop and I have yet to formally meet), so on the day that Mary Jo came over to photograph my finds at the Wish Collection, I also got her to snap pictures of my lineup,
all at different angles,
and of different sections of his cars.
The next step was finding a company through which I could make a personalized board book. I thought this would be easy – after all, I get a PR email at least once a week for some new printing service or photo book maker.
But nobody, it seemed, wants to make board books. And I knew a regular book of this sort would get torn up too easily for all of my effort.
I finally found two sites that I’d never heard of that were set up to make board books, but neither looked currently active, and both had horribly clunky uploading widgets, and I don’t have time for clunky.
Finally, I found someone on Etsy that would do it – and not only would she do it, but she was happy to design my page layout, too – something else that I didn’t have time for. I immediately paid for my book and sent her the photos along with a link to the book that had inspired me.
And within 24 hours and four easy email exchanges, my first children’s book was completed.
And five days later, I received my copy in the mail.
It was exactly what I wanted.
Each page talked about some of his favorite cars, and even though he can’t read the instructions yet, his sister can.
I couldn’t wait to give it to Noah, so even though we were walking out the door to go eat when I got the mail, I presented it to him anyway.
And, as I had hoped, he was completely mesmerized.
Later, I desperately wanted to capture a moment of he and his sister sharing it together, but this is the best that he gave me:
(Notice the glistening tear on his left cheek.)
Because it’s not like I just MADE HIM HIS OWN KEEPSAKE BOOK or anything. Out of his FAVORITE TOYS IN THE WORLD.
Clearly, taking a photo is too big of a price to ask.
But, overflowing gratitude or not, I’m glad I did it. Because it was really dang cathartic to line up all of those cars.