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Racer Dogs Hardcover – March 10, 2003

4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-Rhyming text and rousing illustrations take readers to the auto races as vivacious dog drivers arrange themselves at the starting line. Then, they're off, as spectators cheer them on. Along the way they fill up on gas and food at the Gas Shack and Snack Rack. Back on the road, they see wrong-way Jack taking a wrong-way lap and heading straight for them. And then there's a huge pileup. They all claim to be the winner, but who can tell? And who really cares because so much fun has been had by all. The text has the movement of a race while the speedy dogs in cars careen off the page to the finish line. Checkerboard endpapers set the stage, gaily introducing the cheerful canines. Action-packed illustrations with a retro look accompany the fast-paced, romping text. A rollicking good read-aloud.
Leslie Barban, Richland County Public Library, Columbia, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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PreS-Gr. 2. With a strong sense of color and design and a mastery of computer rendering, Kolar takes children on a crazy race that is pleasantly reminiscent of P. D. Eastman's Go Dog Go! but with its own special twist. Here the dogs race against one another. Children will be rewarded for their scrutiny by a wealth of tiny details in the art. They'll also delight in learning the racers' names, discovering their distinctive personalities, watching the hectic unfolding of the race, and pulling out the many backstories Kolar works in--among them, a comical version of the tortoise-hare duel that goes on during the main race. Devotees of J. Otto Sebold will certainly see a resemblance in Kolar's pictures, which are warm, amiable, and busy at times though lacking the sense of chaos that characterizes Sebold's work. All in all, this is a handsome, enjoyable book, especially for children willing to spend time deconstructing the pictures. Tim Arnold
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1 edition (March 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525459391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525459392
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Cars and Dogs -- for a boy, how can you go wrong? Very cute, clever rhymes, detailed silly illustrations with puns for the adults scattered throughout the background. Keeps me and my 5 year old son in stitches. The characters are very cute also. The race is just for fun and there is so much to look at along the way, the dogs get all distracted while they're driving. You could read this again and again!
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Our 4 year old son loves Turbo Dogs and when I found out this book was the basis for it I wanted to get it for him. Library quality book. I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality & size of the book for the price. Some copies of this book were VERY expensive.
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Pictures are engaging and the text tells a great story. This book is regularly requested by both my car-obsessed 5 yr old (who rec'd this at 4) and my nearly 3 yr old. Highly recommend. The TV program "Turbo Dogs" is based on this book.
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A Kid's Review on January 13, 2009
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This is a fantastic book for beginning readers and young readers. My son loves to read and re-read this book almost everyday.
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I bought this book sight unseen because of the title - cute. We happen to have two Jack Russell Terriers which makes this book all the more fun for us! Anyhow, my son was 1 when I bought this book. He is now going on 8 and my daughter is 5, and we LOVE to read this book and search the pictures for things we may not have noticed before. The book has a lovely, rhyming story that flows through the vividly, busy, and darling illustrations. I have always collected kids books (long before I had kids of my own), and this is a MUST HAVE book. I have the text memorized and joyfully recite and sing it with my kids on road trips, etc. You will not be disappointed with this book! I have given copies to nearly all of my friends' children to enjoy.
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When my son was small we read this book every night for many weeks. It's not only fun for kids to read, the stylized images have so much packed into 'em that no adult will get bored looking at what the various dogs are do, such as the "wrong way" dog.
There are clever little visual jokes that you sometimes have to search for, but this exactly what an adult will need if s/he is to read their child this book countless times.
If you have no children and happen to see a copy of this book, it'll still be well worth your while to pick it up read through it.
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I first got this book out from the library and thought it was so cute I purchased it for my nephew. The illustrations are fun and you see something new every time you looks at it, which makes it easy to engage your child in conversations about whats happening on each page. My daughter (4) and nephew (3) both enjoyed this book very much.
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All my students love this book! Rhyming books make great read alouds, and this is one of the best. Students love looking for story clues in the illustrations. I wish the publisher would print it again!
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