Cover image for Racer dogs
Racer dogs
Kolar, Bob.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Eight excited dogs start their engines and speed away in a car race that will be like no other. They face a variety of challenges before they reach the finish line, but everyone is a winner at the end of the race.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 68819.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

On Order



Wild and wacky racer dogs press the pedal in this picture book so original and funny it's guaranteed to stop traffic and win first place in the hearts of young dog and car lovers. Bingo, Stinky, Wags, Trixie, Dodger, Zigzag, Flick, and Racer Jack all have their eyes on the trophy cup. But adventures await before victory can be claimed-confusing road signs, breakdowns, pit stops-not to mention Racer Jack's penchant for driving the wrong way, which creates a crashing conclusion for all! Bob Kolar's ingenious rhymes and wittily detailed world guarantee uproarious read-aloud fun. So GO GO GO!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 2. With a strong sense of color and design and a mastery of computer rendering, Kolar takes children on a crazy race that is pleasantly reminiscent of P. D. Eastman's Go Dog Go! but with its own special twist. Here the dogs race against one another. Children will be rewarded for their scrutiny by a wealth of tiny details in the art. They'll also delight in learning the racers' names, discovering their distinctive personalities, watching the hectic unfolding of the race, and pulling out the many backstories Kolar works in--among them, a comical version of the tortoise-hare duel that goes on during the main race. Devotees of J. Otto Sebold will certainly see a resemblance in Kolar's pictures, which are warm, amiable, and busy at times though lacking the sense of chaos that characterizes Sebold's work. All in all, this is a handsome, enjoyable book, especially for children willing to spend time deconstructing the pictures. --Tim Arnold

Publisher's Weekly Review

Richard Scarry's perilous, hilarious speedways come to mind in this road race among eight distinctive dogs. As the racers and their animal fans crowd the starting line, a simple rhyme reminds them to "Buckle up,/ Drive carefully/ (And please help Zigzag/ Find his key)." Observant readers can identify Zigzag-he's the one pulling at his pockets-and scan the busy spread for a blue pup holding the lost key ring. The timekeeper, a black cat called Mr. Jinx, waves a green flag, and they're off: "The open road!/ Unleashed at last,/ The dogs speed up-/ Their cars are fast." Kolar (Do You Want to Play?), whose crisply defined figures and colors recall J.otto Seibold's style, gives each competitor a memorable personality and a unique, soapbox derby-style convertible. Flop-eared Wags putters along in a shaky tangerine jalopy, Dodger's yellow hot-rod has flames painted on it and pink poodle Trixie drives a flowery, monogrammed coupe. Racer Jack, a beagle in an orange car, has a dangerous habit of zooming the wrong way on serpentine streets and intertwining freeways. Pit stops add to the mle ("Pull the spark plugs,/ Change a gasket./ Is it fixed now?/ Please don't ask yet"), and a finish-line frenzy leaves the winner in doubt; readers might nominate the green turtle who has run the course on foot against an overconfident hare. Young motorheads will enjoy the giddy humor and multiple subplots of this speedfest. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Rhyming text and rousing illustrations take readers to the auto races as vivacious dog drivers arrange themselves at the starting line. Then, they're off, as spectators cheer them on. Along the way they fill up on gas and food at the Gas Shack and Snack Rack. Back on the road, they see wrong-way Jack taking a wrong-way lap and heading straight for them. And then there's a huge pileup. They all claim to be the winner, but who can tell? And who really cares because so much fun has been had by all. The text has the movement of a race while the speedy dogs in cars careen off the page to the finish line. Checkerboard endpapers set the stage, gaily introducing the cheerful canines. Action-packed illustrations with a retro look accompany the fast-paced, romping text. A rollicking good read-aloud.-Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.