Justin Potemkin and the 500-Mile Race

Justin Potemkin and the 500-Mile Race

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by Peter Welling, Peter J. Welling
     
 

Justin Potemkin is a hare who has been made fun of his whole life because of his low social status and his grandfather, who lost the famous Tortoise-Hare Race years ago. In two car races, he faces the dishonest Czar Romoonoff and an arrogant tortoise named Lenin. Justin's willingness to hold a fair race and his determination to triumph over those who have kept him

Overview

Justin Potemkin is a hare who has been made fun of his whole life because of his low social status and his grandfather, who lost the famous Tortoise-Hare Race years ago. In two car races, he faces the dishonest Czar Romoonoff and an arrogant tortoise named Lenin. Justin's willingness to hold a fair race and his determination to triumph over those who have kept him down are admirable and inspirational.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-This is a bizarre, pun-filled, cock-and-bull (actually cow-and-hare) story about the origination of the Indianapolis 500. The action starts in Russia, where Czar Mos Romoonoff, a cow, rigs a 500-mile race to guarantee that he will be the winner. Unhappy with the results, Justin Potemkin, a hare, decides to move to America with his friend, Flamingo Joe. Once settled in Indianapolis, the two invite their fellow racers for a rematch, launching the first Indy 500. In the overly cluttered illustrations, watercolors and art markers fill in ink outlines to create anthropomorphized animals-26 are enumerated in an appended glossary, each with its Russian name. Welling tries to be clever-a bearded, robed rat holds up a "Ratsputin" sign; a hamster pulls a cart filled with Welling's three previous books; a German race car that looks like a tank crash-lands the helmet-clad, mustachioed driver in a golf bunker; etc., ad nauseam-but kids sure won't get it and adults just won't care. There is some illustrative talent on display in depicting the antics of this cartoon menagerie but this modern myth about "Russian" toward the "Finnish line" falls flat with its rambling story line, trivial and obscure humor, and stereotypical characters.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589801493
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/29/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Peter Welling is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University South Bend and the Publisher’s Choice Award for Exemplary Non-Fiction. In addition, his illustrations have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the author and illustrator of Darlene Halloween and the Great Chicago Fire; Joe Van der Katt and the Great Picket Fence; Justin Potemkin and the 500-Mile Race; Michael Le Soufflé and the April Fool; Shawn O’Hisser, the Last Snake in Ireland; and Andrew McGroundhog and His Shady Shadow and the illustrator of The Kvetch Who Stole Hanukkah, What’s Up With This chicken? and Back to School, Picky Little Witch! Welling lives in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Justin Potemkin and the 500-Mile Race 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My grandson loved this book. I tried to get him to leave it at our house, so we would have something to read the next time he came. Nope. He had to take it home. Secretly, I wanted him to leave this particular book, because Peter J. Welling writes a story that intrigues grown-ups as well as children. The children won't understand the plays on words. They just love the story and the characters. But grown-ups will understand that Peter is writing for them too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought based solely on Mr Wellings previous works, and it did not disappoint. He is my Stephen King....I would buy anything he put out. Also bought a great litho from his website.