Bella and I are excited to share our latest reads in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.
Our Recent Reads:
Glam Prix Racers by Deanna Kent Illustrated by Neil Hooson
On Glittergear Island, it is the first race of the Glam Prix. Mermaid Mio and monster truck Mudwick, Fairy Flipp and freight train Furie, Dragon Deelux and car Dapper, Sprite Sookie and soft-serve mobile Smoosh, and Unicorn Uni and unicycle U-turn are one of three teams racing for the Glam Prix Cup. Before the race begins, it is clear that one of the teams, the Vroombots, wants to win at all costs and plans on stealing all of the Sparklecharge which gives all the motos (AKA motor vehicles) life. In order to be the champions in Race 1, Mio and her teammates must not only cross the finish line first but also collect side quests such as snapping a photo with a ghost garden gnome to earn additional points. The team encounters a lot of bumps on the road but collaborates to overcome any setbacks. Will the Glam Prix Racers be able to outsmart and outrun the Vroombots and claim victory of the first race?
Just like the motos in the race, the plot zips at high speed which makes Glam Prix Racers a one sitting read. You won’t be able to stop! Kent’s peppy and witty dialogue is both humorous and suspenseful and Hooson’s bright and detailed illustrations pop with both color and energy. As I was reading, I was feeling nostalgic for the cartoons I used to watch on Saturday mornings for Glam Prix Racers has all the same elements-comedy, intrigue, heroes, villains, gadgets, and lessons on cooperation and persistence.
Thanks to Imprint/MacMillan Children’s Publishing for sharing an eARC with Beagles and Books. Glam Prix Racers celebrates its book birthday next week on May 11, 2021. Back on Track, the second book in the trilogy, will be released in January 2022.
What the World Could Make: A Story of Hope by Holly McGhee Illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre
Bunny and Rabbit are best friends who both marvel at how nature provides gifts through every season. In winter, snowflakes can become snowballs; in spring, lilacs can woven together to make a crown; Summer provides the opportunity to snack on crunchy and salty sea pickles and in the autumn, ginkgo leaves are fun to jump in.
McGhee’s lyrical text is concise and profound reminding us that gifts from the heart are all around us no matter what the season. We just have to stop and notice them. Lemaitre’s soft and gentle illustrations put a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. Bunny and Rabbit are adorably drawn and their expressions show not only their excitement but also their genuine love for one another. This heartwarming story celebrates both friendship and nature.
Thank you to author Holly McGhee for sharing a finished copy with Beagles and Books. What the World Could Make: A Story of Hope celebrates its book birthday tomorrow on May 4, 2021.
Bella’s Pick of the Week
Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine main character.