This is one of six titles in the series "Amazing Vehicles." The books are rudimentary introductions to non-car vehicles for readers who are far too young to drive them but may be excited by their power and capabilities. In an attempt to provide simple explanations of complicated concepts—like "how does it move?"—the author leaves out some important details. While parts do work together and engines turn the axles that in turn spin the wheels, the question of where the power comes from remains unanswered. The reader never learns that the engine's "force" is derived from burning fuel! Statements such as "This frame holds the ATVs parts together" are simple but not really true. The frame provides a structure for the ATV parts to be attached to, but in truth, nuts and bolts and welds most likely hold it all together. Text boxes superimposed over photographs add to the information presented—sometimes labeled "fast facts" and sometimes not. According to one box, riders can either ride on established trails or "create new ones" though "some people say" creating new trails harms natural areas. But the pubic debate is not whether or not riding ATVs through virgin territory harms the environment—clearly it does. The debate is whether the environment can recover sufficiently from the harm to render it inconsequential. A glossary is provided to define words highlighted throughout the text. Some words are highlighted only the first time they appear and others every time they are printed. It is not clear what the threshold for a word being in the glossary is—"axle" is highlighted and defined, "transmission" is not. The book has text and pictures on the subject of ATVs and for that reason may excite some readers, but it is not a "must have" for any library—public, school, or personal. Reviewer: Cindy K. Schofield
School Library Journal
Gr 2-3–These titles suffer from a lack of imagination, real material, and a limited vocabulary. The first chapter of each title is almost identical, with terms specific to the topic substituted where needed. The chapters feature brief information in an easy-to-read font accompanied by a large color photo or two smaller ones on two-thirds of the spread. Actual participants in the sport are shown and named, and safety is stressed. Vocabulary is simplistic; e.g., the frame of the ATV is described as holding its parts together. A similar statement appears in most of the other titles. Dune Buggies states three times that some buggies are driven on the street. The authors assume that readers have never heard of gasoline. Various parts of each vehicle are labeled, and defined with limited success, and captions are sometimes redundant.