Margaret K. McElderry Books
Simon & Schuster

October 1999

$16.99 US

44p hc

ISBN: 978-0689825316

Behind The Wheel: poems about driving

Janet S. Wong

from the book...

Forget kindergarten,

sharing.

Everything you need to know

you learn right here

behind the wheel.

 

So begins the title poem of this collection for young adults in which Janet S. Wong looks at driving as a metaphor for life. Through thirty-six poems that range in subject from passing the written driver's test and borrowing a car, to parallel parking and being pulled over by a cop, to car accidents and parents' anxieties, the poet succeeds in touching on all the subjects of concern to young people - love, death, hopes and dreams.

 

Contemporary, honest and direct, these poems offer a fresh approach to a subject of deep interest to today's young people.

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Behind the Wheel is a collection of poems about driving. While some of these poems are funny others have a much more serious tone to them. This book is a very short read but has a good collection of poems. It has some very serious ones about drink driving and others that are about learning to drive.

By far my favourite poem is called “Restraint.” This is a funny poem about a boy who describes his parents as an airbag. You don’t know if they care and then when you mess up “bang” they’re in your face.

This is a really good book with a good selection of funny and serious poems about driving. I would give this book 3 out of 5. I would recommend this book to teenagers because of the theme and because it does deal with a few serious issues.

Ben, Year 10, Canberra, Australia

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