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WHAT'S FASTER THAN A SPEEDING CHEETAH? by Robert E. Wells

WHAT'S FASTER THAN A SPEEDING CHEETAH?

By Robert E. Wells (Author) , Robert E. Wells (Illustrator)

Age Range: 6 - 10

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 0-8075-2280-5
Publisher: Whitman

 Fast, faster, fastest! Kids infatuated with speed will love this book of comparisons of things that move like greased lightning. The book starts out by comparing a fast human pace with that of an ostrich (45 mph) and a cheetah (70 mph), and accelerates from there. The animal kingdom is quickly outraced by machines, machines are in turn put to shame by meteorites, and a beam of light proves the ultimate speedster. A chart compares how long each creature or object would take to get to the moon--a good exercise in understanding comparisons, as well as chart- reading. The illustrations are active and bright, occasionally switching from horizontal layouts to vertical ones. Turning the book on its side slows things down a bit, but readers will find that this book on speed has a momentum all its own. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)