Mini Racer

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Ready, steady, green light, go! Mini Racer won't go slow.

Twelve little vehicles are lined up and ready to race. With speed bumps to jump and corners to round, who will take the lead? The winner just might surprise you. This rhyming text is filled with onomatopoeia sure to tickle the funny bones of little readers. Beep, beep! Watch out as they race to turn the pages and follow each animal's themed story. And the chase doesn't end with the last screech; little ones will beg to ...

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Overview

Ready, steady, green light, go! Mini Racer won't go slow.

Twelve little vehicles are lined up and ready to race. With speed bumps to jump and corners to round, who will take the lead? The winner just might surprise you. This rhyming text is filled with onomatopoeia sure to tickle the funny bones of little readers. Beep, beep! Watch out as they race to turn the pages and follow each animal's themed story. And the chase doesn't end with the last screech; little ones will beg to read it over again to discover all of the details in the art. Mini Racer is a must-have for story time!

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Kirkus Reviews
"Start your engines! Time to race, / round the corners, take your place." So begins this fast-paced rhyming book featuring a diverse animal menagerie in a humorous variety of unique, coordinating vehicles revving to cross the finish line. Both preschoolers and adults will find much to explore in the bright cartoon-like illustrations as the track weaves past town and "Over, under, in, and through." Strevens-Marzo successfully shows the circuitous route through the use of varying, at times almost Cubist perspectives. Each creature's emotions during the race come across clearly, including frustration at crashing, panicked urgency during a pit stop and the mix of disappointment and elation at the end with the surprise winner. Most of Dempsey's rapid text helps spur readers to keep the pages turning. Only on occasion does an odd word choice (careen, accelerate) seem an obstacle to easy scansion in an otherwise winning title for preschoolers. Full of zooming action and fender-bender drama, it has definite appeal for youngsters. Pair it with Brian Floca's Racecar Alphabet (2003) for a zipping-good time. (Picture book. 3-5)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—An array of animals takes off in a race, ensconced in vehicles of every description, from a rainbow-wheeled wheelchair to tricked-out motorcycles and cars made of bananas, logs, carrots, or cheese. Bouncy rhymes curve along the race course as the critters speed, swerve, and careen around the serpentine country roads, encountering obstacles, crashes, and even having time for a swim. The journey is as much fun as seeing the skateboarding snail take the winner's cup for his slow, undistracted pace. Bright, colorful illustrations feature bold dark lines and saucy, big-eyed characters zooming across the spreads. With a line or two on every page, this book can be used with groups, although kids with the need for speed and a love of vehicles will pore over the pictures and find details to delight on their own.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599901701
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 2/15/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,491,311
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

KRISTY DEMPSEY lives with her husband in Brazil, where the speedy city traffic she faces each day is nothing compared to the joy of racing after her three high-speed children. She is also the author of Me with You, illustrated by Christopher Denise.
www.kristydempsey.com

BRIDGET STREVENS-MARZO is happiest drawing, painting, and riding a bicycle across Paris. She tries not to race too fast in her eco car. Her award-winning illustrations and books have been published across the world. She lives in France.
www.bridgetstrevens.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2011

    Highly recommended for children in the family!!!

    This is the cutest book for girls and boys, but, my grandson loves it!!!
    It is so colorful and fun to read.

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