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Discusses stock cars, their main features, and how they are raced.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
High-interest books are a growing area within school libraries. Often, reluctant or low readers are relegated to reading books written about subjects far below their age level. This problem makes it difficult for a student to maintain an interest in reading. This title in the "Horsepower" series helps close the gap between reading ability and interest. Matt Doeden does an excellent job covering the idea of NASCAR design with few words. The colorful photographs and diagrams help the challenged reader understand the world of stock cars. Information balloons throughout the text emphasize interest points. A section on Internet sites allows readers to follow the subject and expand upon what they learn within the pages of Doeden's book. Along with the other titles in this series, this book is a great addition to any public library's children's area or any school library collection. 2005, Capstone Press, Ages 10 to 15.
—John D. Orsborn
Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
Brilliant and interesting photographs, and a short and informative text are the highlights of this "Mighty Machines" series. The series includes titles on everything from motorcycles and aircraft carriers to bulldozers, tanks, fire trucks, and street sweepers. With very simple text, children learn to connect information with illustrations: "Zoom! A stock car races on a track." There are explanations for special stock car terms like "slicks" (race car tires). There are photos of the pit crew busily at work, a track on a crowded race day, and yes, cars spinning out of control. "Sometimes the drivers crash." There is a very short index, a list of additional books, and a reference to the web site with links to age-appropriate sites for each book. This is a lively book which will attract new readers who might be more interested in the machines than in the words about them.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736863575
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Mighty Machines Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 877,783
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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