The title of this new picture book by Cynthia Lord was the first thing that caught my eye. The title includes two words sure to attract a five-year-old child’s attention – hot rods and hamsters. And, then, as soon as I saw the delightful hamster with his racing flag on the cover, I purchased it for Inly’s Library. Talk about kid appeal! This is the perfect book for story time – rhythmic, exciting, boldly colored and even a bit interactive. As the cutest hamster you’ve ever seen designs his race car, the reader is asked to join in. Here’s an excerpt:
“Smooth wheels, stud wheels, driving through the mud wheels,
Fat wheels, thin wheels, take her for a spin wheels.
Which would you choose?”
The illustrations (by Derek Anderson) bring the viewer right onto the race track with our hamster hero – and believe me, many kids are going to want to follow this little guy to the finish line.