THE RACE CAR PROBLEM by Jennifer  Oxley

THE RACE CAR PROBLEM

From the "Peg + Cat" series
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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Peg and Cat, problem-solvers extraordinaire, put their shape-recognition and comparing skills to the test in this second book based on the Peg + Cat TV series.

On the day of the Tallapegga Twenty car race, Peg and Cat find themselves in the junkyard looking for items for their car, Hot-Buttered Lightning.The competition is fierce: a Pirate Mobile, the Teens in their Pizza Mobile, and the Pig in his Triangle Mobile. Peg and Cat are rather daunted and consider giving up, but Ramone is encouraging: “You never solve a problem by giving up. Keep trying your hardest, no matter what.” As the race gets underway, the numbers placed on the cars as they complete each lap give Peg and Cat the opportunity to compare: 6 > 4 > 1, the last being how many laps of the 20 the duo has completed, though for kids old enough to sit through the lengthy text, this seems a rather simplistic math skill to be practicing. Though Peg and Cat’s car isn’t the fastest, MacGuffins arrive to ensure that slow and steady (and determined and creative) wins the race. Illustrations are bright and cartoony, befitting a TV knockoff. Endpapers offer activities for kids to complete (and give away the ending).

Much stronger at depicting problem-solving than at reinforcing math concepts. (Math picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7558-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




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