My Race Car

My Race Car

by Michael Rex
     
 

From the author/illustrator of the very popular My Fire Engine, a picture book about race car driving that is simple, accessible, and suspense-filled.

"Today is the day of the big race. The pit crew is ready. The driver is suited up and strapped in. The engine is loud, and the spectators are all waiting for the race to begin. The cars are on the

Overview

From the author/illustrator of the very popular My Fire Engine, a picture book about race car driving that is simple, accessible, and suspense-filled.

"Today is the day of the big race. The pit crew is ready. The driver is suited up and strapped in. The engine is loud, and the spectators are all waiting for the race to begin. The cars are on the starting line, and when the green flag waves they're off!"

In this very young, action-packed picture book, a little boy imagines that he is a race car driver-with all the thrills, spills, and excitement that go along with the job. Loaded with accurate details, this is a playful look at a sport that fascinates kids of all ages.

Like My Fire Engine, My Race Car's bold, graphic art brings this funny, informative story to life. It's a book that puts the reader right in the driver's seat.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rex (The Painting Gorilla) takes readers both behind the scenes and behind the wheel for an exhilarating stock car race. On the dedication page, he shows a boy caught up in the pretend world of his toy race cars and track. From the starting line, when the hero dons his yellow-and-green fire-resistant suit and hops into his matching auto ("I have a race car. I drive it all the time"), to the triumphant finish line, heralded by the waving of the checkered flag and the slurping of a victory milkshake, Rex puts his visual and textual pedal to the metal. The prose is punchy, economic (no more than two lines per page) and liberally sprinkled with fun facts ("My car weighs more than 4,000 pounds. That's as much as ten gorillas!"). The pencil and digitally colored spreads and vignettes call to mind the bold graphics and palette of classic comic books, as well as the kind of dramatic perspectives that race fans might find on ESPN. Readers, start your engines! Ages 3-7. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-This bright, computer-colored picture book takes readers through a child's imaginary stock-car race. The narrator describes how his crew first makes sure the vehicle is running smoothly and then helps him get properly dressed in protective gear. Safety is the byword here, and even when a spectacular cartoon crash occurs, the opposing drivers cordially shake hands following their miraculous walk away. The child is victorious and is shown in the center of his toy racecourse enjoying a "ceremonial first-place milk shake." There's nothing unusual in this fantasy featuring round-eyed Fisher Price-like characters, and youngsters capable of watching hours of these screaming, speeding machines going round and round on TV probably won't learn anything new. A colorful but commonplace day at the races.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805061017
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.36(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Rex is the illustrator of Floating Home by David Getz, named one of

People magazine's Best Bets, and Wiggle Waggle by Jonathan London. Books that he has written, as well as illustrated, include The Painting Gorilla and My Fire Engine. Mr. Rex lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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