A is for Automobiles, machines on wheels. B is for Belts turning, fuel burning, the buzz and bark of engines. C is for Curves and crowds and cars, of course -- A century of racecars, from bare beginnings to present-day marvels, from stock cars to Formula 1, from Ford to Ferrari, caught in crackling action, in fan-friendly pictures, and in words that bounce and jounce for the fun of it.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-The alliterative, rhyming
text features each letter of the alphabet in sequence and is accompanied by
attractive watercolors of racing scenes. Each page's text focuses on some aspect
of the sport and an often-repeated letter (e.g., "Helmets holding heads"). While
clever, the writing is occasionally stilted due to the requirements of the
setup. Realistic, double-page paintings depict a variety of authentic racers,
including Formula 1, Indy/CART, sports cars, and stock cars, which progress
chronologically, with early models at the start and modern ones following.
Almost all the drivers and officials are white men, but spectators are a diverse
crowd and the doctor treating an injury is a woman. Endpapers illustrate each of
the machines depicted and identify them by year, make, and model. Similar in
concept to Anne Miranda's Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom (Turtle, 1998), Floca's
book is more appealing due to its superior illustrations and their faithfulness
to real racecars. Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH