Professor Wooford McPaw’s History of Cars


The first in a series of books explaining the history of modern technologies, introduced and explained by a helpful (if somewhat arrogant) dog called Professor Wooford McPaw.


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The first in a series of books by Elliot Kruszynski, exploring the histories of modern technologies, introduced and explained by a helpful (if somewhat arrogant) dog called Professor Wooford McPaw.

Praise for The History of Cars

”A broad history, ideal for car lovers”.– Kirkus

”Lots of vroom for car enthusiasts and history buffs alike”. — Booklist

”This marvellous exploration of the history, design, engineering, technology and innovation of car-making is essential reading for any child with an interest in cars”. — BookTrust

”A fantastic must-have book for any child with an interest in cars”. — Just Imagine

”This is a great book for children who have expressed an interest in motor vehicles, for learning about changes in technology over time or as an introduction to the world of non-fiction books”. — Reading Zone

”This book offers an interesting and informative history of cars with plenty of light-hearted, chatty asides!”– North Somerset Teacher’s Book Award

In this title, Professor McPaw explores the history of the car, starting with the steam engine in the early 1800s, the advent of the combustion engine in 1872, the popularisation of the car by Henry Ford in the early 1900s, the evolution of motor racing, luxury cars of the 1950s, the Japanese innovations of the 1970s, and finally the new technologies of electric and self-driving cars today. The book is engagingly illustrated by Elliot Kruszynski, whose bright, clean, informative style appeals to children across a broad age range.

The Professor and his sidekick (in this case a car, but changing with each book), discuss the intricacies of historical episodes along the way, lending a humorous, personal touch. Comic strip interludes capture key moments, like the first cross-country road trip by the wife of Karl Benz, inventor of the first gas-powered car; or the advent of Ford’s assembly line.

Striking a refreshing balance between authoritative, clearly conveyed information, and witty, bright commentary, Professor McPaw will be a captivating tour-guide through the fascinating developments of the modern world.

Additional information

Weight 493 g
Dimensions 22.1 x 28.2 cm
Publisher name Cicada Books Ltd
Publication date 15 July 2021
Number of pages 64
Format Hardback
Dimensions 22.1 x 28.2 cm
Weight 493 g


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Elliot Kruszynski is a London-based writer and illustrator who has worked with clients including the New York Times, Air BnB, Camden Brewery and Deliveroo. He illustrated and designed Bleep Bloop and Spot the Bot (Laurence King, 2019) and has two books in development with Walker/Candlewick.