Hot Rod Hamster Hardcover – Feb 1 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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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.
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.
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.