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Hot Rod Hamster [Hardcover]

Cynthia Lord , Derek Anderson
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Feb. 1 2010 Hot Rod Hamster
Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car, Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. Which would YOU choose? Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends--a junkyard dealer dog and his mice assistants--and YOU!

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Cynthia Lord is the author of Rules, a Newbery Honor book, among its many distinctions. Hot Rod Hamster is her first picture book. Lord lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.cynthialord.com. Derek Anderson is te New York Times Bestselling illustrator of the Little Quack books written by Lauren Thompson. Hot Rod Hunter marks Anderson's Scholastic Press debut. He lives in Minnesota with his wife.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Rod Hamster April 12 2010
Join Hot Rod Hamster as he builds a car to win the big race. What type of vehicle will you pick? Which wheels will you chose? Don't forget the decorations. How about big bright flames?

Hot Rod Hamster combines rhyming description words with the interactivity of asking the reading what things are their favorite or which item they'd choose. Both aspects made the book fun and entertaining. We did a lot of pretend while reading this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really fun book July 9 2010
By vduersch - Published on Amazon.com
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We first checked this book out from the library, and my boys (ages 2 and 3) couldn't get enough. After renewing the book from the library several times it was clear we should just buy it. I can see them enjoying this book for years.

The words are catchy and engaging ("Great day, grin day, build a car to win day") and the story is uniquely entertaining (A hot rod for a hamster? Who would think it would be so fun?). My boys like to say the words along with me and the race at the end is always greatly anticipated. They also like the "What would you choose?" parts where they can pick what they would want for a hot rod. I don't buy kids books unless I love them (or my kids do and I can tell it's a good book), and this one's a keeper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious April 13 2010
By Kirsten G. Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
This picture book is a lot of fun to share with children. The text begins, "Great day, grin day, build a car to wind day, /Cheer day, Chase day, gonna have a race day!" Word balloons jazz the story up, Hot Rod Hamster says, "I need a hot rod!" Bull Dog says, "A hot rod for a hamster? You'll need something very small." "And FAST!" replies the hamster. This amusing picture book is about a rambunctious hamster that needs a "hot rod" so he can participate in a car race. A Bull Dog owns the local wrecking yard, and puts together a perfect little car for the hamster, "Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car, Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. Which would you choose?" Word balloons add comments by other dogs: one snotty racer, a Dalmatian dog asks Hamster, "Is your car a toy?" Another racer says, "You're awfully small." A scowling, determined Hamster responds, "G R R R. I'm built for speed!" Wonderful acrylic illustrations provide humor, and the cartoon characters are large-sized, perfect for viewing in a story time. One hilarious illustration shows the Bull Dog when he upends himself in a box of old toys, and finds a helmet for Hot Rod Hamster to wear.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story, engaging June 14 2010
By K. Hawes - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a cute story that my 6 year old grandson loves. He loves anything about racing. It's a great short story, perfect for one quick one before bed and he enjoyed the rhyming format and questioning about "which would you choose"?
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my child's favorite books April 9 2014
By RW - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my 2 1/2 year old's favorite books. He just loves the hamster and the race described. The whole hamster series is just fun read for kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginning reader March 5 2014
By S. Torvik - Published on Amazon.com
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My grandson loves this book. The pictures are delightful. There are two levels of dialogue so he can enjoy being read to or read parts of it himself. The theme of a little guy triumphing over bigger, stronger guys is perfect for a young child.
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