Miles of Smiles by Carol Terwilliger Meyers

Anyone who has ever been trapped in a hot car with bored kids is well aware that the world needs a sure-fire way to ease the resulting tensions. Miles of Smiles: 101 Great Car Games & Activities fills that need. In fact, according to one enthusiastic user it just “may be the ultimate solution for back seat squabbling.”

Miles of Smiles is filled with games and activities that have travel-related themes. Ninety-seven require just your minds and mouths to play, and the other four need only simple props: a penny, a pencil, and some crayons. A helpful index categorizes each game and activity according to age-appropriateness. Humorous illustrations kids can color add to everyone’s enjoyment. Measuring just 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, the book fits conveniently into your car’s glove compartment.

Meyers is a travel writer and author of Weekend Adventures in San Francisco & Northern California, and editor of Dream Sleeps: Castle & Palace Hotels of Europe.

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“Oh, cool!” – 10-year-old
“Vacation car treks with kids can be heck on wheels, but not when the family-mobile carries Miles of Smiles. – Seattle Post-Intelligencer