The Resource Hot Rod Hamster, by Cynthia Lord ; pictures by Derek Anderson

Hot Rod Hamster, by Cynthia Lord ; pictures by Derek Anderson

Label
Hot Rod Hamster
Title
Hot Rod Hamster
Statement of responsibility
by Cynthia Lord ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A hamster, with the help of a canine junkyard dealer and his mouse assistants, builds a hot rod and drives it in a race against some very large dogs
Member of
Award
  • Buckaroo Book Award (Wyoming), 2013.
  • South Carolina Book Award, Picture Books, 2012.
Review
  • PreS-K 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. -- Kraus, Daniel (Reviewed 12-01-2009) (Booklist, vol 106, number 7, p50)
  • PreS-Gr 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 --Sara Paulson-Yarovoy (Reviewed January 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 1, p77)
  • The metallic cover of Lord’s (Rules ) first picture book, along with the image of the hamster hero waving a checkered flag, will draw readers inside this clever, rhythmic story. When a hamster decides to find a junkyard car to enter in a race, it must choose its car, tires, and so on, and readers are asked for their input (“Smooth wheels, stud wheels, driving through the mud wheels,/ Fat wheels, thin wheels, take her for a spin wheels./ Which would you choose?”). The answers, however, aren’t always readily discernable from the text or illustrations. When the hamster is racing against bigger competitors (“Stare face, scowl face, frowning grouchy-growl face.... Which would you choose?”), it answers, “GRRR. I’m built for speed!” Anderson’s (the Little Quack books) acrylic artwork is consistently action filled and comical. Full of entertaining details, the illustrations of the enthusiastic hamster, the wary bulldog who owns the junkyard, and miscellaneous mice and rats that appear develop the characters in ways that the exuberant text does not. Still, when it comes to kid appeal, the book’s interactive format should get impressive mpg. Ages 2–6. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed January 11, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 2, p46)
  • There's a hot-rod race at 4 Paws Speedway, and Hamster has a need for speed. He heads out to One Dog's Junk for some help building the perfect hot rod. "Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car, / Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car. / Which would you choose?" He gets to pick his wheels, his engine and his painted-flame design, too. Dog and his mechanic mice build Hamster's hot rod to specs. Though his competitors are skeptical—"Stare face, scowl face, frowning grouchy-growl face, / Bored face, dare face, nose up in the air face"—readers will guess the outcome of Hamster's big day at the races. Newbery Honor author Lord's picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read. In addition to the rhymed text punctuated by questions, the characters talk in speech balloons that move the story along without breaking the flow. Anderson's fluffy, jaunty illustrations are as full of energy as the rhymes. Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy. (Picture book. 2-7) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2009)
Awards note
Wyoming Buckaroo Award, 2013.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
342230
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lord, Cynthia
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
  • LG
  • LG
LC call number
PZ7.L87734
LC item number
Hot 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 1
Reading level
  • 1.7
  • 1.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Anderson, Derek
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Hot Rod Hamster. Picture books
Series volume
1
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Automobiles
  • Automobile racing
  • Hamsters
  • Dogs
  • Mice
  • Automobiles
  • Automobile racing
  • Hamsters
  • Dogs
  • Mice
  • Automobile racing
  • Automobiles
  • Dogs
  • Hamsters
  • Mice
Target audience
preschool
Label
Hot Rod Hamster, by Cynthia Lord ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Illustrations rendered using acrylic paint
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn305413594
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780545035309
Lccn
2009003930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)305413594
Label
Hot Rod Hamster, by Cynthia Lord ; pictures by Derek Anderson
Link
Publication
Note
Illustrations rendered using acrylic paint
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn305413594
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780545035309
Lccn
2009003930
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)305413594

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