HOT ROD HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord

HOT ROD HAMSTER

From the "Hod Rod Hamster" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 2 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

There’s a hot-rod race at 4 Paws Speedway, and Hamster has a need for speed. He heads out to One Dog’s Junk for some help building the perfect hot rod. “Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car, / Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. / Which would you choose?” He gets to pick his wheels, his engine and his painted-flame design, too. Dog and his mechanic mice build Hamster’s hot rod to specs. Though his competitors are skeptical—“Stare face, scowl face, frowning grouchy-growl face, / Bored face, dare face, nose up in the air face”—readers will guess the outcome of Hamster’s big day at the races. Newbery Honor author Lord’s picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read. In addition to the rhymed text punctuated by questions, the characters talk in speech balloons that move the story along without breaking the flow. Anderson’s fluffy, jaunty illustrations are as full of energy as the rhymes. Young car enthusiasts won’t be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-03530-9
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2009




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