Cover image for My race car
Title:
My race car
Author:
Rex, Michael.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Summary:
A simple presentation of a race car and how it is used and serviced during a race.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780805061017
Format :
Book

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Summary

From the author/illustrator of the very popular My Fire Engine , a picture book about race car driving that is simple, accessible, and suspense-filled.

"Today is the day of the big race. The pit crew is ready. The driver is suited up and strapped in. The engine is loud, and the spectators are all waiting for the race to begin. The cars are on the starting line, and when the green flag waves they're off!"

In this very young, action-packed picture book, a little boy imagines that he is a race car driver-with all the thrills, spills, and excitement that go along with the job. Loaded with accurate details, this is a playful look at a sport that fascinates kids of all ages.

Like My Fire Engine , My Race Car 's bold, graphic art brings this funny, informative story to life. It's a book that puts the reader right in the driver's seat.


Author Notes

Michael Rex is the creator of over thirty books for children, including the number one bestseller Goodnight Goon and the Fangbone! series. He was inspired to create the Icky Ricky series by his two boys.

Visit him at www.michaelrex.blogspot.com.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Rex follows My Fire Engine (1999) with another bright, fact-packed fantasy about vehicles. "I have a race car. I drive it all the time," says a boy sitting on the floor with his toy cars. As the pages turn, the toy world becomes reality: the boy finds himself on the track with his crew, checking his car engine, and then driving his laps at top speed, passing a dramatic crash ("both drivers are safe"), and finally winning the race. The last image pictures the boy back home with his toys, checkered flag, and "first-place milk shake" in hand. Short, simple sentences create excitement and include plenty of facts that will intrigue kids ("My car weighs more than 4,000 pounds. That's as much as ten gorillas!"), and Rex's bright, thick-lined cartoon drawings are appealingly energetic and clear. A great choice for young race car enthusiasts who are beginning to read on their own. --Gillian Engberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Rex (The Painting Gorilla) takes readers both behind the scenes and behind the wheel for an exhilarating stock car race. On the dedication page, he shows a boy caught up in the pretend world of his toy race cars and track. From the starting line, when the hero dons his yellow-and-green fire-resistant suit and hops into his matching auto ("I have a race car. I drive it all the time"), to the triumphant finish line, heralded by the waving of the checkered flag and the slurping of a victory milkshake, Rex puts his visual and textual pedal to the metal. The prose is punchy, economic (no more than two lines per page) and liberally sprinkled with fun facts ("My car weighs more than 4,000 pounds. That's as much as ten gorillas!"). The pencil and digitally colored spreads and vignettes call to mind the bold graphics and palette of classic comic books, as well as the kind of dramatic perspectives that race fans might find on ESPN. Readers, start your engines! Ages 3-7. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 1-This bright, computer-colored picture book takes readers through a child's imaginary stock-car race. The narrator describes how his crew first makes sure the vehicle is running smoothly and then helps him get properly dressed in protective gear. Safety is the byword here, and even when a spectacular cartoon crash occurs, the opposing drivers cordially shake hands following their miraculous walk away. The child is victorious and is shown in the center of his toy racecourse enjoying a "ceremonial first-place milk shake." There's nothing unusual in this fantasy featuring round-eyed Fisher Price-like characters, and youngsters capable of watching hours of these screaming, speeding machines going round and round on TV probably won't learn anything new. A colorful but commonplace day at the races.-John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.