Monday, March 17, 2014

Monster Truck Mania! by Cynthia Lord -- ADVISABLE

Lord, Cynthia Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!, illustrated by Derek Anderson. PICTURE BOOK.

In this Hot Rod Hamster installment, Hamster gets to visit the fair with a few friends. Each ride is more thrilling than the last, but still he wants more. When he learns that the monster truck driver has broken his glasses, Hot Rod Hamster immediately volunteers to fill in. Turns out this is the ride he's been waiting for all day.

The mix of rhyming text and conversation bubbles feels a little awkward, making it hard to get a good flow going while reading. Still, the bright, cheerful illustrations and rough-and-tumble topic will interest many kids, and the numerous questions asking readers which rides they would choose at the fair invite participation.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

No comments: