Sidecar Scooter

by Bruce Caldwell with illustrations by Charlie O Hayward

Scooter has an adventurous life and his story fills the pages of this delightful book called Sidecar Scooter. Bruce Caldwell turned a (mostly) true story into a tale of tails and Charlie O Hayward created just-for-this-book full-color, full-of-personality artwork to illustrate it. The book they created will, by turns, tug on your heartstrings, make you laugh, and (look out, a bit of word play is coming) give you warm furry feelings.

It matters not whether you are reading this book to little children, or are a bigger kid reading it for yourself, or an even bigger-kid (sometimes referred to as an adult); you will find enjoyment on every page—and cars ‘n motorbikes too. When he is in his sidecar, Scooter rides beside a 2001 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide FLHTCUI. Other family conveyances that are part of the story are “Rosie” and “Roxy”, respectively 1954 and ‘56 Chevy trucks, each of which have been updated with smallblocks, automatics, and a few other “tricks”, as you’ll see. And there are other cars on the pages too—all an integral part of the tale.

It’s a brief book, so the review is brief too and can be summed up with: Truly, there is not one single pen or brush stroke between the covers of Sidecar Scooter that isn’t perfect.


But there’s an added bonus—as if it wasn’t enough to get a terrific little book at a terrific little price—the proceeds from each book benefit “any animal in need”. Scooter’s “people” have established the Sidecar Scooter/Angel Paws 501(c )3 fund to “ensure that all animals have access to spay and neuter programs and for heartworm tests and monthly medications.” You can see and learn more (and purchase your copy, too), at Scooter’s website:

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Sidecar Scooter
By Bruce Caldwell
Blue Gate Books, 2008
32 pages, nearly 50 full-color drawings by Charlie O Hayward
List price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-9792512-9-9
Additional purchase information:
Sidecar Scooter/Angel Paws, 18394 Lazy Dog Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
Include an additional $2.50 per copy for US shipping/handling

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