MONSTER TRUCK MANIA! by Cynthia Lord

MONSTER TRUCK MANIA!

From the "Hod Rod Hamster" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Hot Rod Hamster takes the fair by storm!

Hot Rod and his big bulldog buddy are headed to the fair to see Fearless Franco’s Monster Truck Mania. “Truck day, treat day, cotton-candy sweet day. / Fun day, fair day, music in the air day.” But the show is not until 3:00. What can they do in the meantime? Hamster knows: search for the perfect ride! He knows the attributes of the perfect ride. The first criterion is fun. “Sailboat, rowboat, pirates long ago boat. / Sub boat, tugboat, chugga-chugga-chug boat. / Which would you choose?” The boat ride is fun, but the perfect ride will also be fast. The teacups ride fits that bill, but the perfect ride will also let them drive. The bumper cars are pretty good, but the perfect ride will go up in the air. Bulldog goes to save their seats for the monster-truck show while Hot Rod gets some cotton candy…where he hears that Fearless Franco can’t drive since he broke his glasses. Now who do you think would like to drive a monster truck? Lord and Anderson reteam for a third fun-filled, rhythmic jaunt with Hot Rod and his friends (Happy Birthday, Hamster, 2011, etc.). Returning to what he loves best—things that GO!—Anderson’s bright-eyed, expressive acrylics extend Lord’s enthusiastic rhyming tale to perfection.

A treat for Hot Rod fans as well as lovers of trucks and carnival rides. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-545-46261-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2014




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