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Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!

Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!

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by Cynthia Lord, Derek Anderson (Illustrator)

The award-winning, bestselling team Cynthia Lord and Derek Anderson are back with the best Hot Rod Hamster adventure yet: Monster Truck Mania!

It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The


The award-winning, bestselling team Cynthia Lord and Derek Anderson are back with the best Hot Rod Hamster adventure yet: Monster Truck Mania!

It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The water boats, spinning teacups, and bumper cars are great, but Hamster can't seem to find the BEST ride. That is, of course, until Fearless Franco needs a last-minute back-up driver for his monster truck. Can Hot Rod Hamster help him out, and still find the best ride of all? In this rollicking new adventure, Hot Rod Hamster proves once again that being small doesn't mean you can't think BIG!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hot Rod Hamster’s need for speed is still going strong, and he and his friends indulge it by trying out several rides at the fair while waiting for the monster truck show to begin. As in the previous two Hot Rod Hamster books, Lord invites reader participation through her rhymes (“Sports car, race car, fun in outer space car./ Cop car, mail car, make the siren wail car./ Which would you choose?”). Anderson’s brash acrylics play up the comedy of a tiny orange fuzzball like Hamster being such an adrenaline junkie—especially when he saves the day by filling in for the monster truck driver at the main event. Ages 3–5. Author’s agency: Adams Literary. (Apr.)
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A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
A Parents' Choice Award Recommended Title
A Wyoming Buckaroo Award Winner
A Children's Choice Book Award Finalist
A Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (Ohio)
A Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee
A Goldfinch Award Nominee (Iowa)
A Magnolia Award Nominee (Mississippi)

"Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys. . . . Anderson's acrylics are boisterously large, colorful, and off-kilter--just like his swaggering protagonist."--BOOKLIST

"Newbery Honor author Lord's picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read. . . . Anderson's fluffy, jaunty illustrations are as full of energy as the rhymes. Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy."--KIRKUS REVIEWS


A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

"Loud, exaggerated acrylics burst off the pages, and the plump, cuddly characters look like stuffed animals come to life. Children will enjoy the opportunity to participate and make choices throughout the book leading up to Hamster's surprise party."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are excited about their day at the fair, especially the Monster Truck Show that is scheduled to take place an hour and a half after their arrival. What to do in the meantime? “Rides!” yells Hamster. Bulldog obliges and they start with the boat rides, proceed to the cup rides, and then speed around the track in bumper cars. When Hamster hears that Fearless Franco has broken his glasses, he quickly volunteers to drive his monster truck. He climbs behind the wheel and two of his mice friends position themselves on the pedals. Hamster drives like a spinning cyclone, doing donuts and a sky wheelie. The reading experience is nonstop fun! Large colorful illustrations capture the exuberance of Hamster and his friends. Rhyming verses express Hamster’s options and offer readers choices. The characters’ words appear in cartoon bubbles. Sure to be a story time favorite, this is part of the “Hot Rod Hamster” series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.; Ages 4 to 6.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Hot Rod Hamster is back and looking for the fair's best ride as he eagerly waits for Fearless Franco's Monster Truck Mania show to begin. Searching for an attraction that will be "FUN," "FAST," and-most importantly-"LET US DRIVE," Hamster and friends enjoy familiar favorites such as the teacups, bumper cars, and cotton candy. The real excitement comes, though, when Fearless Franco breaks his glasses and Hamster has to step in to save the show. The little guy finally finds his perfect ride, popping wheelies and doing donuts like a pro. The clever, rhyming text sets up a narrative pattern highlighting the many options presented at each attraction. The repetition of "What would you choose?" allows for great audience participation, and the characters' clear dialogue boxes with slight font variations lend themselves to creative storytelling opportunities. The bright, boldly colored acrylic illustrations of funny, silly animals perfectly match the text's high energy level, and the background action is entertaining without overwhelming the story. A fun read with broad appeal.—Whitney LeBlanc, Staten Island Academy, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Hot Rod Hamster takes the fair by storm! Hot Rod and his big bulldog buddy are headed to the fair to see Fearless Franco's Monster Truck Mania. "Truck day, treat day, cotton-candy sweet day. / Fun day, fair day, music in the air day." But the show is not until 3:00. What can they do in the meantime? Hamster knows: search for the perfect ride! He knows the attributes of the perfect ride. The first criterion is fun. "Sailboat, rowboat, pirates long ago boat. / Sub boat, tugboat, chugga-chugga-chug boat. / Which would you choose?" The boat ride is fun, but the perfect ride will also be fast. The teacups ride fits that bill, but the perfect ride will also let them drive. The bumper cars are pretty good, but the perfect ride will go up in the air. Bulldog goes to save their seats for the monster-truck show while Hot Rod gets some cotton candy…where he hears that Fearless Franco can't drive since he broke his glasses. Now who do you think would like to drive a monster truck? Lord and Anderson reteam for a third fun-filled, rhythmic jaunt with Hot Rod and his friends (Happy Birthday, Hamster, 2011, etc.). Returning to what he loves best—things that GO!—Anderson's bright-eyed, expressive acrylics extend Lord's enthusiastic rhyming tale to perfection. A treat for Hot Rod fans as well as lovers of trucks and carnival rides. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed TOUCH BLUE. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER, which won several awards including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.CynthiaLord.com.

Derek Anderson is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of the Little Quack series by Lauren Thompson as well as HOT ROD HAMSTER and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord. His original picture book, STORY COUNTY: HERE WE COME!, published in January 2011, was also very well-received. He writes and paints in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at www.DerekAnderson.net.

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Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
We got our first taste of Hot Rod Hamster back during the summer and we were listening to an audio book.  K just fell in love with this hamster.  With Monster Truck Mania Hot Rod Hamster is at the fair with his friends and he wants to ride all these cool and amazing rides. And then he gets to drive a monster truck!!!  The pictures are wonderful and keep the kids into the story, the rhyming is catchy and it always ends with what would YOU choose? And we both had fun picking which ride or type of food we would eat. We do plan on buying more Hot Rod Hamster books and keeping on with the adventure. I thought at the end when Hot Rod got a bunch of tickets he didn't spend them on himself instead he spent them on everyone.