Scooters are Groovy

Scooters are Groovy and You Can Build Your Own

This title and cover speak for themselves.  Build that scooter on the cover and let me know how your kids like it.  Those dots and stars throughout the title are horribly distracting, too!

I’ve seen a lot of groovy things on ALB, but this is not one of them.




  1. Do kids these days still build things? All I ever see are candy colored push and/or ride toys in lawns (plastic or PVC of course). In my middle of the road neighborhood I’ve never seen something homemade with or without Dad or Mom’s help. My friends’ children or grandchildren always have stuff that was bought; at the most “some assembly required”. The boys may have model planes or cars but nothing they put together. Having no children, what are their outlets for creativity or imagination? Do they still color or fingerpaint? I’m not really being critical just curious.

  2. I haven’t seen a scooter ever since Razors came out. Which is sad because I wanted to build one. My folks wouldn’t let me though.

    @Tom – I don’t see kids doing much of that sort of stuff either. Maybe the finger painting but only in controlled environments. In fact, I had a father tell me recently that he never reads or tells his daughter any fictional stories. Just true stuff. I couldn’t help but think what a sad, pathetic, colorless existence she was living. The best things in life have come from people who as children believed in unicorns and monsters under the bed.

  3. Mine did, but we home schooled, so I think they did a lot more than the average, classroom kids. Art was a huge part of our curriculum, but it is cut from our local schools. They loved building things. Home Depot and Lowe’s both have weekend events for kids, building things. Bird feeders, key holders, book cases, etc. I think most kids do play with Legos, even teenage boys. So, yes, some kids do still build things, but you are correct that it is a far fewer number than it used to be.

  4. Now I feel really, REALLY old–does anyone know who Ray Brock is? Does anyone remember the movie “Alice’s Restaurant” from the 60’s?

  5. Does building things in AutoCAD count?

    And what IS that on the cover? I don’t see how you’re supposed to “scoot” with it at all.

  6. That is a seriously old school scooter from the days when kids really did built their own.

    No, most kids these days (get off my lawn!) don’t build much of anything. Even lemonade stands can be bought from a catalog. The “kids’ crafts” aisle at your average big box store is limited to beads and things that can be punched out of the precut sheet and glued in place: kindy stuff.

    I’m pleased to say that my homeschooled kids feel free to do all kinds of crazy things. They’ve made surreal masks, paper dresses, a haunted house, and a spooky skeleton, all on their own, and my 5-year-old just figured out how to make a miniature projectile weapon from yarn and a clothespin. They help their dad as far as he feels safe when he works around the place, although it’s limited to handing him nails and so forth ATM–they’re not quite big enough to hammer or saw yet.

  7. I agree with Holly. This is not one of the grooviest books ever featured on here. Like Tom, I was also curious to see whether kids still build stuff because you just don’t see it as much anymore. Even as I was growing up in the 80s I don’t remember any of my peers building much of anything. Except I do remember this boy in my fifth grade class who made his own workable instant camera using sand paper, a shoebox or something of that nature. Science project.

  8. How COULD you build this today? Apples don’t come in wooden crates anymore, and those wheels are from a pair of rollerskates they haven’t made since the 50s or 60s!

  9. That thing on the cover is a scooter?

    That is not a scooter. That is not groovy. That is a piece of crap and looks rather dangerous. I think I could make a better scooter than that with out even reading this book.

    I know “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover”, but when it’s a book about making stuff and that’s the example they choose it should be an exception to the saying.

  10. Check out any book on living in the Great Depression. You will see that kids (mainly boys) DID build these!

  11. That scooter looks cool. It’s a work of art. Don’t knock it because it doesn’t look like a pre-packaged PVC Made in China model.

  12. Last year I withdrew 3 (3!) copies of this book from my K-3rd grade school’s collection. I mean, I can see one escaping notice, but 3? Why did they even buy 3????

  13. Why is there a 3 on the cover? Why is it red? Why is there an arrow pointing to the “scooter”? Why does the “scooter” appear to only have one wheel? So many questions…

    As for the discussion about “kids these days” and whatnot, the kids I used to babysit for did a lot of crafts and always begged to be allowed to paint (which I always did as a kid, too; not something you can really do without permission, since it’s so messy), but I do think they tend to be more simple types of crafts (friendship bracelets and such), not building scooters or anything.

    Jami–Wow. I can’t even imagine how awful that would be. I was a total bookworm as a kid, and that just seems like the saddest thing ever. It seems like he’s basically guaranteeing she’ll grow up to be a book-hating boring person (unless she rebels, I suppose. The idea of a kid rebelling by reading books is kind of funny, and sort of makes me think of Matilda but that’s not the same sort of situation).

  14. @Leigha – Yeah, they were only checking out non-fiction. Even the wife seemed rather sad about it. So hopefully she’ll read the kid some fairy tales on the side.

    I don’t get today’s parents.

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