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MY RACE CAR by Ace Landers


by Ace Landers, illustrated by David A. White

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-545-43646-5
Publisher: Scholastic

From the shiny cover to the fast-moving text, this car-shaped board book will catch the eye of the youngest NASCAR fans.

Car 33, a bold red, blue and yellow machine, races through the pack to win the race at an Indianapolis-style track. The rhyming text is slight but to the point: "Race car, race car, / zoom, zoom go! // Around the race track, never slow." The sleek art, likely created using a computer, depicts the energy of the track well: The race cars are in focus, while the roadway and the spectators are blurred. The book's one die cut, the passenger-side window, doubles nicely as a handle for carrying and manipulation in play, but its presence on every page cuts oddly shaped holes at the top of each scene and looks like it won’t stand up to the wear and tear of active toddlers.

While not a core purchase for young vehicle fans, it will help fill their need for speed. (Board book. 18 months-3)