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"Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys... Anderson's acrylics are boisterously large, colorful, and off-kilter -- just like his swaggering protagonist." Booklist

"Newbery Honor author Lord's picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read... 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." —Kirkus Reviews

Hod Rod Hamster Meets His Match

Cynthia Lord
Scholastic / 2016

When Hamster and his friends go looking for some cool, wet, wild fun at the Water Kingdom waterpark, Hamster and his new friend, Holly, challenge two dogs to a race down the waterslide. Can they win?

With the same bouncing rhythms, fun choice rhymes, and daredevil antics that made the picture books so popular, this original Level 2 reader will be a sturdy stepping-stone for both Hot Rod Hamster fans and series newcomers moving on to independent reading. The years Ms. Lord spent as a first-grade teacher have given her the perfect sense for what language and storylines work best for emerging readers. Little boys and girls will race to collect this latest story from their favorite furry friend.

Speed down the early-reading water slide and join Hot Rod Hamster and his buddies for loads of fun in the sun!

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