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Fireball Tim's Big Book of Wacky Rides!


Inspired by his intense love of cars, animals and creativity, Big Book of Wacky Rides! by Fireball Tim is a mad-cap take on inanimate objects transformed into cool cars. Each illustration stands on its own as an amusing story, delighting children and parents around the world.

From the Olympic "Spoonster" to the "Snot Rocket", these wild and wacky rides take kids of all ages on a journey of the imagination and unique design exploration.

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Inspired by his intense love of cars, animals and creativity, Big Book of Wacky Rides! by Fireball Tim is a mad-cap take on inanimate objects transformed into cool cars. Each illustration stands on its own as an amusing story, delighting children and parents around the world.

From the Olympic "Spoonster" to the "Snot Rocket", these wild and wacky rides take kids of all ages on a journey of the imagination and unique design exploration.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This debut picture book from blogger, movie concept car designer, and TV host Lawrence offers a lineup of more than 30 outlandish vehicles, in lieu of a plot. The contraptions adhere to a formula that gets repetitive: inanimate objects—an alarm clock, sequoia, office building, and bowl of macaroni and cheese among them—are fitted with thick rubber tires, headlights, and chrome galore to become hot rods driven by animals. Snakes steer a power strip (“Snakestrip!”), lightning bugs ride a compact fluorescent light bulb (“The Bulbinator!”), mice straddle a pepperoni stick (“The Galow Rocket!”), and squirrels ride in a boot (“Boot Rescue!”). While some readers will be entertained by the purposefully over-the-top illustrations, the accompanying text is lackluster and further undermined by occasional grammatical errors (“Everyone has to blow their nose”; “Phone polls make cool cars”) and throwaway questions posed by a Fireball Tim icon (“Where do you go to have fun?”; “What’s your favorite pizza topping?”). There’s no questioning Lawrence’s energy or sense of fun, but his talents aren’t enough to offset the book’s weaknesses. Ages 4–up. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Enid Portnoy
Wow! Big bold bugs are featured under different sections of the book with such titles as BIG Boomers, Electricks, Tiny Racers, and Hugesters which stagger a child’s expectations as they discover the colorful and intricate vehicles depicted with all kinds of creatures driving them. Mice, squirrels, snakes, and other creatures are the drivers, on their way to different places that are really cool. Ever see a Shellinator for giving young crabs a ride? How about watching a lizard in his or her Spoonster racing along? What a collection of fascinating and imaginative riding vehicles appear to move swiftly with great bursts of energy from section to section. There is not a great deal of text so this book is an eye feast. It looks more like a technological and futuristic Richard Scary book, which captures immediate visual attention from young readers. It is a big book in horizontal size for sure, and will widen a child’s view of what anyone can create with imagination and clever drawings. Hold tight and travel along the pages! Fireball Tim has created new ideas and designs for television, cars, toys and books for children. His love of both cars and animals is eagerly embraced and displayed in this entertaining book. Be prepared for smiles, laughter and wide - eyed looking behavior from young children, and even some adults. Proceeds from the sale of the book go to Animal Care Programs. Reviewer: Enid Portnoy; Ages 5 to 7.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933492810
  • Publisher: Design Studio Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,437,907
  • Age range: 3 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.90 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Fireball Tim is Hollywood's go-to guy for wild and wacky rides. His creative thought and design, TV shows and toys populate kids' rooms around the world, spurring fun and zany ideas among many.

From Hot Rods to Custom Cars, Movie Cars to Muscle Cars, Fireball Tim has done them all with youthful enthusiasm and inspiration.

Born in Hollywood California in 1965, Fireball Tim Lawrence (his legal name) is the son of famed screenwriter/producer Anthony Lawrence.

Fireball Tim has built an extensive and unique career in the film industry having designed vehicles, weaponry, props, costumes and environments for hundreds of major features, TV and commercials. He comes from a complete Hollywood family including screenwriters Ethan Lawrence and Dee-Harris Lawrence.

Fireball's credits include stints as a designer for Walt Disney Imagineering from 1991-93 and Universal Studios Theme Park to movies like "Priest," "Gone in 60 Seconds," "Batman," "Monster Garage," "Jurassic Park," "GI Joe," "Knight Rider" and "The Avengers." Although his credits have surpassed 350.

And though Fireball Tim is constantly in demand as an Automotive Design Expert, AutoBlogger and Journalist, he is most sought now as an Automotive TV Host with many appearances on the Discovery Network and Speed Channel including "World's Most Expensive Rides," "Extreme Rides" and "Street Tuner Challenge." He always has several shows in the works.

His company, Fireball Tim Worldwide, is the world's only Hollywood Automotive Lifestyle Brand, encompassing design and entertainment to which he hosts, designs and travels extensively for shows, plus raising awareness for sustainable products like Lifetime Oil Filter.

He has millions of followers through his Web Series on YouTube and also distributes worldwide via Car Domain, StreetFire, Facebook and Twitter, now being an icon in the Automotive Social Network scene.

Fireball is also frequently seen at live events around the globe like SEMA in Las Vegas and Major Auto Shows. He attends close to 30 a year.

His endeavors also include Design and Children's Books and Toys.

Under his previous company, Toystore Films, Fireball became an accomplished award winning actor/director for independent films and commercials. He's lived in Malibu, California since 1992 with his wife Kathie.

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