Friday, October 30, 2009

Hot Rod Hamster by by Cynthia Lord

Lord, Cynthia Hot Rod Hamster, illustrated by Derek Anderson. Scholastic Press, 2010. PICTURE BOOK. $16.99. When Hamster sees the Hot Rod race notice, he wants to join, but must make several choices before he has a car worthy of the race. There is an odd mix between rhyming text and balloon talk in this picture book. While I like the idea of a small child being able to make choices about what Hamster should put on his hot rod, the rhyming text feels like an odd addition, and it doesn’t really flow. The illustrations really save the day and a car-crazy boy will enjoy even just looking. EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library-Teacher.

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