Brand-new storybooks based on the award-winning DVD series. Drive home the message of good character with these six fun and entertaining stories to teach lessons in: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
A complete activity guide is available online for each of the books.
Sticking To It!: A Lesson in Trustworthiness
One hot day in Vehicleville, Johnny, Derek, and the Professor are at a carnival handing out the Professor’s Super Delicious Cotton Candy. When they begin to run low, the Professor sends Johnny and Derek back to his lab to get more. They split up on the way back, and Johnny eats all his cotton candy and falls asleep. A little later, Derek finds him and they go back to the carnival where the Professor discovers that Johnny had eaten the cotton candy he was supposed to deliver. Johnny makes up lies about what he did, but he eventually comes clean and asks to be trusted again. The Professor doesn’t allow Johnny to go back and get more cotton candy, but, rather, allows him to deliver a note to Maria whom he does trust more fully. The Professor says, “Trust can take a long time to earn, but a short time to lose.”
EJ and the Bully: A Lesson in Respect
EJ is running for class president, but so is class bully Warren. Warren disrespects EJ by tearing down campaign posters, splashing mud on him, and bullying EJ verbally. EJ wants to drop out, but his friend Derek helps him understand his value while washing the mud off him and counseling him on how to handle a bully. Derek gives him three steps to deal with a bully: talk, walk, and tell. The next time he runs into Warren he gets a chance to try these steps and Mr. Wheeler finds out how Warren really behaves. EJ wins the election and gains the respect he wants by standing up for himself.
Attack of the Runaway Robot: A Lesson in Responsibility
Izzi receives a new robot, OB Jr., as a birthday present from the Professor. When she gets it, she is told that having a robot can be a lot of fun, but is also a lot of responsibility. Izzi needs to be around to care for the robot, but especially needs to make sure that OB comes inside each night so that the early morning dew would not damage the wiring circuits. They play, paint, and spell together. However, later in the day EJ invites Izzi to go for ice cream leaving OB at home to pick up sticks. When EJ returns from ice cream, she forgets about OB being outside. Like the professor said, the morning dew causes a problem in his circuits, and OB causes all sorts of mischief around town. Izzi at first tries to blame EJ and the Professor for OB’s malfunction, but she eventually admits her irresponsibility and promises to be more responsible in the future.
Queen for a Day : A Lesson in Fairness
Cali and Izzi both agree to take part in a two-part fairness experiment for the Professor called “Queen for a Day.” It is supposed to test how fair they are by having them act out the roles of a queen and her servant. Cali is first up to be queen, and she makes Izzi carry her things, clean her house, and does not share her treat or take Izzi's needs into account. takes Izzi shopping, then to the car wash, and finally for a smoothie. The next day, the Professor and Cali both discover that she did not treat Izzi fairly. Cali apologizes and vows to be fair from now on. Now it is Izzi’s turn to be queen and Cali to be the servant — will Izzi treat Cali fairly?
Mean 'Ole Crankfender: A Lesson in Caring
EJ and his friend Johnny are playing outside with a flying disc when it accidentally flies into the yard of Mr. Crankfender and breaks his birdhouse. They think Mr. Crankfender is “the grumpiest car in the City of Auto.” Instead of owning up to the accident, Johnny and EJ run away. However, the next day Franklin informs EJ that he heard about the incident because his initials were on the disc. EJ agrees to go to Mr. Crankfender’s to work off what he owes for the birdhouse. While EJ spends the next couple of days working in his garden, he finds that Mr. Crankfender is really a caring but lonely old man who takes care of the birds in the neighborhood. EJ learns that his first impressions of Mr. Crankfender were wrong, and he is so moved that he agrees to help Mr. Crankfender get ready for the flower show.
Citizen Miles: A Lesson in Citizenship
One evening all of the cars meet to watch a movie at the City of Auto drive-in at the suggestion of Miles. As the movie is about to begin, the group learns from a troubled Franklin that Miles is not going to be able to attend due to the passing of Miles’ grandfather Klaus (or you can say due to a family tragedy involving Miles’ grandfather; this aspect should be handled carefully or in conjunction with/advice of a trained counselor.) After deciding that he needs time to grieve (be sad) they each agree to do one of the volunteer jobs that Miles does as a good citizen. When Miles begins to feel better, he returns and discovers that his friends all want to continue their volunteer jobs. He is proud that his friends have finally become citizens of their community.