“P is for Petersen” Alphabet book about cars, enjoyable for kids and parents alike

Late last year, when we attended the special media preview for the Go Kart exhibit at The Petersen, “Sidewalk Speedsters”, we met children’s book author Glenn Oyoung. Glenn is the author of the book “C is for Car” and recently released the book, “P is for Petersen”, with illustrator Scott Park. We received a review copy of the book, and both my daughter and I love it. Here are some reasons why:

It will teach your kid big words (even before they can say them properly)

It was fun and sometimes challenging to explain to my 4-year old some of the words featured in the book. It’s great because I can use some of those words in a different context and reference the book.

It will expand your automotive vocabulary

With definitions for words such as: jalopy, dune buggy, fins, and grand touring, (you and) your kid will be able to describe in detail types of cars and accessories, whether they are in a pile of Hot Wheels, or watching the movie Cars.

It appeals to boys and girls alike

Scott Park’s illustrations have a clean, simple style, which makes it perfect as an alphabet book. Glenn, who has two young daughters, and is a total “gear head”, told me he wrote these books as a way to share and encourage his love of automobiles with them.

It will help you find your way around the Petersen

The end of the book has a floor-by-floor summary of what you can find at the Petersen Automotive Museum. My suggestion is you buy the book at the Museum Store on the first floor, read it with your kid, then tour the floors with it, trying to spot cars to go with each of the vehicles or words featured in the book!

About the Authors

descriptions taken from the book, “P is for Petersen”

Scott Park

Scott is an illustrator and advertising creative director, who lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and kids. He’s had a lifelong passion for cars, movies and spaceships. When he’s not drawing obsessively geeky little pictures, he’s teaching his kids about the important things in life. Like, cars, movies and spaceships.


Glenn Oyoung

Glenn is a marketer and entrepreneur who lives in Los Angeles with is wife and daughters (who he is encouraging to be little gear heads). He’s loved playing with cars, drawing cars, and driving cars all his life thanks to his parents, Phil and Linda. When cars become silent and are driven by robots, Glenn will be at a track, schooling youngsters on how to drive stick.


Visit the Petersen

The Petersen Automotive Museum Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charity. The Museum is located at 6060 Wilshire Boulevard (at Fairfax) in Los Angeles, California, 90036. Admission prices are $16 for general admission adults, $13 for seniors and students with ID, $8 for children ages 3 to 12. Active military with ID, personal care attendants and children under three are admitted free. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For general information, call 323-930-CARS or visit www.petersen.org.

Buy P is for Petersen

P is for Petersen is sold exclusively at the Petersen Automotive Museum


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Disclaimer: Westside Mommy did not receive any monetary compensation for this post. We received a review copy for the purposes of this post. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links.


I am a new mom to a baby girl. I live in West Los Angeles. This blog is about my experiences as a new mom and navigating my way through kid-friendly L.A.

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