Thursday, April 28, 2011

MINI RACER (Picture Book)

by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo

Bloomsbury USA, 2011

A Book Review by
Violet the Telekinetic Puppy

Ready, set, go! It’s time to read MINI RACER!

MINI RACER is a picture book about a race between lots of animals. Some animals race alone and those animals are a seal and a bear and a mouse and a bulldog and a giraffe and a monkey and a snail. Morzant will like this book because he likes snails. I don’t know why he likes snails but he does.

Some of the animals race as a team. There is a team with three dogs and a team with two cats and a team with four owls and a team with two rabbits and a team with two alligators, except that the team with two alligators might really be a team with two crocodiles.

All the racers have different vehicles and the vehicles are fun to look at. There’s a banana car and a carrot car and a wheelchair with rainbow-colored wheels and a skateboard and a tree car and a car that’s a wedge of cheese and lots of other vehicles. The carrot car is my favorite and the banana car is my other favorite and my other favorite is the car with spots.

The words in the book tell about how the racers race on bumpy roads and on curvy roads and on roads where they get stuck. The racers are going fast, fast, fast the whole time except for when they crash or get stuck or when they stop to rest and eat honey or pizza or a cheese wedge car. But then they start racing again. The book rhymes and when you read the sentences you can feel that the racers are going fast, fast, fast.

The racers want to go, go, go but you need to stop and look, look, look at all the pages because there are lots of things happening on every page and you will want to look at all the things happening because it is fun. You will see spotted dogs in a spotted car and a rabbit getting a band-aid after crashing and bees following the bear’s bee hive vehicle and the cats riding their bike on telephone wires and the mouse eating his cheese wedge car.

First one racer is winning and then another racer is winning but by the end most of the racers are walking or flying because they have crashed and wrecked their vehicles or driven them into a river or eaten them. I have a favorite racer and that racer is really two racers and those two racers are two rabbits in the carrot car. Do the rabbits in their carrot car win? Maybe they do, but maybe they don’t. Do they eat their carrot car? Maybe they do, but maybe they don’t.

I’m not going to tell you who the winner is or if any other racers eat their car. I will just tell you that the winner gets a big trophy. And you don’t have to feel sad for the racers who don’t win because I think they had fun any way except for maybe the giraffe and one of the alligators who might be a crocodile. On the last page when the winner gets a big trophy the giraffe and one of the alligators who might be a crocodile look mad. You know now that the giraffe and alligators don’t win the race but that’s all I’m going to tell you.

Here is a list of who will like this book:

Readers who like to race.

Racers who like read.

Readers who think a car makes a good snack.




Bridget said...

Dear Violet,
Violet is my favorite color and this is now my very favorite review. Thank you for having such sharp eyes.
ps I like snails too.

Violet said...

Dear Bridget,
I like violet, too, and it would be fun to have violet fur but my fur is brown and black and white. I have a violet collar. Thank you for reading my review. I am happy you like it and snails. I like your art.
From, Violet the brown and black and white puppy

Angela Cerrito said...

If I didn't already own a copy, this review would make me buy this book. Actually, I think it is making me buy this book even though I already own a copy. My friend is having a baby this summer and her baby needs this book. Your review has super powers!

Violet said...

Hi Angela,
I have telekinetic powers and that means that I can make things move with my mind and it’s kind of like a super power. Maybe I have another power and that power is writing book reviews. Maybe Morzant can tell me for sure. And you should buy this book for your friend’s baby. The baby will be happy and that will make your friend happy and that will make you happy and that will make me happy.

Anonymous said...


Bridget sent me the link to this site. I'm another Bridget fan. I'm so glad to discover this blog and to discover that Bigfoot really exists.


Violet the Telekinetic Puppy said...

Hi Jeanne,
Thank you for coming to our blog. I am glad Bigfoot is real too because this blog was his idea and I like to write reviews for it. And also Bigfoot is really nice. Good-bye.

Anonymous said...

I think my girls would like this book, since they like to race their scooters fast, fast, fast, and they like to read, AND especially once they know it was recommended by a telekinetic puppy named Violet.

Catherine said...

Sounds like such a fun book. I'm going to look for it in my library. Reminds me P.D. Eastman's a of Go, Dog Go!

Violet the Telekinetic Puppy said...

Hi Mouseprints, Your girls will like this book a lot because it is so good. I’ve never ridden on a scooter before but I’ve chased one and the scooter rider was going really fast and I almost got him but then I didn’t.

Hi Catherine, I hope your library has this book because it is so good and you will like it a lot. GO, DOG. GO! is so good too. I love the dog party at the end. I would like to go to a party like that someday.

LitLass said...

I think my 5-year-old would love this book. I must get it.

Jane Singleton Paul said...

I've now discovered Bigfoot - thanks to Bridget - and you're wonderful. Great review for a great book. I look forward to reading more.

Violet the Telekinetic Puppy said...

Hi LitLass, Is your 5-year-old a telekinetic puppy with book review writing super powers? If so, your 5-year-old will love this book like I do. You know what? If your 5-year-old is not a telekinetic puppy with book review writing super powers your 5-year-old will still love this book. Good-bye.

Hi Jane, You are wonderful, too and I know that you are wonderful because I can tell from your message and also I asked Briar the Psychic Beagle. Good-bye.

Unknown said...

Another fun review- thanks for posting to book talk Tuesday! When I read your review, I felt like I was watching that old FedEx Commercial where the guy talks super fast?
Yes, this one. You should do a video review of this and do it just like this commercial!
: ) Kelly

Sue Porter said...

Just discovered your fantastic site - I've had a such a good laugh reading your review, if I wasn't already a Bridget fan, your review would have done it. X0X0 Sue Porter

Violet the Telekinetic Puppy said...

Hi Sue, I am glad that you like my review and that you like the blog that I help my friends with. Bridget has a lot of fans and I hope that means she will make pictures for lots of books and I hope lots of those pictures for lots of those books are of beagles. Good-bye.