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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Hot Rod Hamster

Hot Rod Hamster

Spring 2010 Picture Books
Ages: 2 - 6 yrs.
Author: Cynthia Lord
Illustrator: Derek Anderson
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9780545035309
Hardcover Price: $16.99

A chubby hamster wants to build a racing car. He goes to a junkyard where the bulldog proprietor tries to satisfy each of his specifications as together they build the hamster's dream racer. The text cheerfully rhymes, "Smooth wheels, stud wheels, driving through the mud wheels, Fat wheels, thin wheels, take her for a spin wheels."

Then it's the reader's turn to select the best parts. "Which would you choose?" The reader is asked to scour the busy illustration to choose the part s/he thinks best. Turn the page to find out if it is, or is not, the hamster's choice.

A thoroughly fun and appealing ride.

Kemie Nix   ©2010 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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