About the Book:
Title: Glam Prix Racers
Author: Deanna Kent
Illustrator: Neil Hooson
Pub. Date: May 11, 2021
Beagles and Books wishes a very Happy Book Birthday to Glam Prix Racers, the first book in this fun and adventurous graphic novel trilogy!
This review was first published on May 3, 2021. Thanks to Imprint/MacMillan Children’s Publishing for sharing an eARC with Beagles and Books.
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.
I can’t wait to share this fun adventure with my students! Stay tuned for the next race, Back on Track, the second book in the Glam Prix Racers trilogy. It will be released in January 2022.
Check Out this Book Trailer to Meet the Glam Prix Racers!