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MINI RACER by Kristy Dempsey

MINI RACER

By Kristy Dempsey (Author) , Bridget Strevens-Marzo (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-59990-170-1
Publisher: Bloomsbury

“Start your engines! Time to race, / round the corners, take your place.” So begins this fast-paced rhyming book featuring a diverse animal menagerie in a humorous variety of unique, coordinating vehicles revving to cross the finish line. Both preschoolers and adults will find much to explore in the bright cartoon-like illustrations as the track weaves past town and “Over, under, in, and through.” Strevens-Marzo successfully shows the circuitous route through the use of varying, at times almost Cubist perspectives. Each creature’s emotions during the race come across clearly, including frustration at crashing, panicked urgency during a pit stop and the mix of disappointment and elation at the end with the surprise winner. Most of Dempsey’s rapid text helps spur readers to keep the pages turning. Only on occasion does an odd word choice (careen, accelerate) seem an obstacle to easy scansion in an otherwise winning title for preschoolers. Full of zooming action and fender-bender drama, it has definite appeal for youngsters. Pair it with Brian Floca’s Racecar Alphabet (2003) for a zipping-good time. (Picture book. 3-5)