Racer Dogs

Racer Dogs

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by Bob Kolar
     
 

Wild and wacky racer dogs press the pedal in this picture book so original and funny it's guaranteed to stop traffic and win first place in the hearts of young dog and car lovers. Bingo, Stinky, Wags, Trixie, Dodger, Zigzag, Flick, and Racer Jack all have their eyes on the trophy cup. But adventures await before victory can be claimed-confusing road signs,

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Wild and wacky racer dogs press the pedal in this picture book so original and funny it's guaranteed to stop traffic and win first place in the hearts of young dog and car lovers. Bingo, Stinky, Wags, Trixie, Dodger, Zigzag, Flick, and Racer Jack all have their eyes on the trophy cup. But adventures await before victory can be claimed-confusing road signs, breakdowns, pit stops-not to mention Racer Jack's penchant for driving the wrong way, which creates a crashing conclusion for all! Bob Kolar's ingenious rhymes and wittily detailed world guarantee uproarious read-aloud fun. So GO GO GO!

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Publishers Weekly
Richard Scarry's perilous, hilarious speedways come to mind in this road race among eight distinctive dogs. As the racers and their animal fans crowd the starting line, a simple rhyme reminds them to "Buckle up,/ Drive carefully/ (And please help Zigzag/ Find his key)." Observant readers can identify Zigzag-he's the one pulling at his pockets-and scan the busy spread for a blue pup holding the lost key ring. The timekeeper, a black cat called Mr. Jinx, waves a green flag, and they're off: "The open road!/ Unleashed at last,/ The dogs speed up-/ Their cars are fast." Kolar (Do You Want to Play?), whose crisply defined figures and colors recall J.otto Seibold's style, gives each competitor a memorable personality and a unique, soapbox derby-style convertible. Flop-eared Wags putters along in a shaky tangerine jalopy, Dodger's yellow hot-rod has flames painted on it and pink poodle Trixie drives a flowery, monogrammed coupe. Racer Jack, a beagle in an orange car, has a dangerous habit of zooming the wrong way on serpentine streets and intertwining freeways. Pit stops add to the m l e ("Pull the spark plugs,/ Change a gasket./ Is it fixed now?/ Please don't ask yet"), and a finish-line frenzy leaves the winner in doubt; readers might nominate the green turtle who has run the course on foot against an overconfident hare. Young motorheads will enjoy the giddy humor and multiple subplots of this speedfest. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Rhyming text and rousing illustrations take readers to the auto races as vivacious dog drivers arrange themselves at the starting line. Then, they're off, as spectators cheer them on. Along the way they fill up on gas and food at the Gas Shack and Snack Rack. Back on the road, they see wrong-way Jack taking a wrong-way lap and heading straight for them. And then there's a huge pileup. They all claim to be the winner, but who can tell? And who really cares because so much fun has been had by all. The text has the movement of a race while the speedy dogs in cars careen off the page to the finish line. Checkerboard endpapers set the stage, gaily introducing the cheerful canines. Action-packed illustrations with a retro look accompany the fast-paced, romping text. A rollicking good read-aloud.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Kolar (A Cat and a Dog, not reviewed, etc.) illustrates his busy scenes of canines cruising in cars in a cool palette of blues, grays, and citrus shades, with cartoon-style characters in a retro style and flat perspective similar to that of J.otto Seibold's Mr. Lunch books. This rhyming story features a dog-eat-dog car race that takes place first on a race track and later on country roads and on a maze of highways. Readers follow a group of eight canine contestants through various mishaps as they fight for the prize (a large trophy cup), but the race ends in a huge pileup, and the actual winner is unclear. Sharp-eyed readers who know their traditional children's literature will spot the green turtle and pink rabbit (the tortoise and the hare) who attempt to follow the racecourse on foot, and the tortoise actually wins the race. The story itself is told in sing-song rhyming verses that occasionally sputter or stall, with some uneven rhymes that could have benefited from further tune-up. Kolar works lots of visual humor into his illustrations in background details of race fans and city features, with many different animals observing the race. Checkerboard endpapers show each doggie driver identified by name, including two female drivers, with one named Bingo-the only dog smart enough to read her map. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525459392
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/24/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.32(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Racer Dogs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We checked this out from the library, and my son absolutely loves it. Not only is the story funny, he likes to get his cars and "vroom" them on the pages. Will be a Christmas present this year.