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Hot Rod Hamster Hardcover – February 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Series: Hot Rod Hamster
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545035309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545035309
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—Kids will be in the driver's seat, bonding with the hot-rod hamster as he sallies forth into a bulldog's junkyard to put together his very own race car. It's a dog's race, though, and children will sympathize with the small creature's struggle to compete with bigger, gruffer opponents and cheer him on to the finish line. Close-ups of the mud-streaked track in the bold-stroked, textured acrylics allow readers to see the competition at eye-level with the hamster (and axis-level with the other contenders). But the action builds up even before the engines start, and young readers will love helping the irrepressible hamster build his dream car. Their hands will dart up immediately when they hear the refrain, "Which one would you choose?" illustrated with comic-style illustrations of the myriad choices of cars, tires, parts, and flames, and they'll become hot-rod designers along with Hamster. If Bob Kolar's Racer Dogs (Dutton) or Brian Floca's The Racecar Alphabet (S & S, both 2003) are worn, torn, and vroom-vroomed in your library, add this one to the lot.—Sara Paulson-Yarovoy, American Sign Language and English Lower School PS 347, New York City
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From Booklist

Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys. The story has two halves: the construction of the hot rod and the big race. The hamster—a tiny orange puffball usually found levitating with glee and shouting stuff like “Now I’m ready to ROLL!”—begins at the local scrap heap, where a junkyard dog (and his staff of rats) assists in constructing the perfect racer. The rhyming scheme is consistent: “Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car; / Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car.” Then the text involves the reader: “Which would you choose?” Usually the right answer can be sussed out; for example, that green car is just the size for a three-inch-tall driver. Once wheeled and oiled (and flame-painted, too), it’s off to the track, where the racing rodent wins and then has to make the toughest choice of all: which trophy to take. Anderson’s acrylics are boisterously large, colorful, and off-kilter—just like his swaggering protagonist. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Daniel Kraus

More About the Author

Children's book writer, seaglass collector, daydreamer, and the mother of two teenagers.

You can find discussion guides for my books, interviews, links, goofy childhood photos, and more at my website:

www.cynthialord.com

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He loves the pictures and the fun rhyming of the story.
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To tell you the truth I get a kick out of reading this book every time I read to him.
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My 6 yr old daughter and 2 yr old son enjoyed this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By vduersch on July 9, 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on April 13, 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Hawes on June 14, 2010
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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"?
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My 3 YO son absolutely loves Hot Rod Hamster! We have one other book too; HRH-Monster Truck Mania. They are fun books that engage him with colorful illustrations, and by asking the reader "which would you choose?" His favorite part is choosing!! It's not your typical storybook either. Although there is a story being told, it's not in the traditional sense. Most of it is through dialogue between the characters... think those little bubbles in comics that show what a character is saying or thinking. It really is a fun way to tell a story and kids love it!!
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By ivy on June 22, 2014
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my boy and i love this book it's a great book I definitely recommend buying book. there is also one with a CD so he can listen to it but I only got the one without CD it's a great. One of his favorite bedtime book.
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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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By Happy Girl on May 2, 2014
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Saw this book in my son's scholastic flier. He said he wanted it- found it cheaper here...He really likes the book. Cute story and graphics...sweet story of an odd friendship- a junk yard dog that helps a hamster win a doggie derby.
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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.
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