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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc (Feb. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545035309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545035309
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 26.7 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 12 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa76d5564) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76de0d8) out of 5 stars Really fun book July 9 2010
By vduersch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7721f60) out of 5 stars hilarious April 13 2010
By Kirsten G. Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa770c8ac) out of 5 stars Cute story, engaging June 14 2010
By K. Hawes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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"?
HASH(0xa771c924) out of 5 stars Two Year Old's Favorite Oct. 24 2011
By StrawberrySpring - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I first saw Happy Birthday Hamster in a book store. My son's second birthday was approaching and I thought the book would be better than a card. I laughed out loud when I read it.

Before spending the money for it (my goodness kids books cost a fortune) I tried to check it out from the library, but we could only find this one. The younger kids LOVED it and it even got reads from our 8 year old. It was a couple of days before our (then one year) young son was chasing us through the house with it, we were all taking turns reading it to him, any one person maybe having to read it 5 times in a day. There were definitely points where hiding it from him was not beneath me : )

It's a very fun book. I read it in different voices and my two year old son now 'reads' it on his own, turning each page and proclaiming the main features, ("Hot rod!" 'Hot rod? Hamster? Very small!' "and FAST!" or "New car! Blue car! Green car! You choose?") He loves to explore all of the pages and talk about the different things in the pictures.

I also purchased Happy Birthday Hamster with it, and these books have really helped his interest in books. Previously he did not often have the patience for being read to, but the question of 'Which would you choose?' gets him very excited. If he stopped wanting to read them tomorrow, honestly I think we've gotten our money's worth.
HASH(0xa76e47d4) out of 5 stars Positive And Can Be A Teaching Aid May 12 2014
By C. Curran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really love the Hamster books from Cynthia Lord because they have such a posiive happy feel to them. Derek Anderson, the artist whom drew the pictures, did an awesome job with the color and capturing the feel of the stories and the excitment of the characters in what ever adventure they are on.

With that said, this one is about building a racing car from scratch, starting from going to the junk yard, getting the frame of the car, color of car, tires ect... I thought it was fun and upbeat. Throughout the book, the author asks a question on which would the child choose. For example, in one picture there are different color car frames and the author writes, "Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car. Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. 'What would you choose?' And the child gets to choose the color. Of course the hamster chooses his own color. But in the mind of the child, he can create his own car.

This is also a great book for children who cannot read. They can either look at the pictures and create whatever story they like, or they can point to the picture and be taught what things are. For example, the child can point to hamster, car, mice, colors, tires, dog ect.. In this way the book, with its rich colorful pictures, can be a teaching aid.


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