A fast-paced, high-interest introduction to rally cars, modified race cars known for their teams of drivers and use in multi-stage rally races. Also included is a biographical story about rally driver Michèle Mouton.
Part of the Amazing Racing Cars series
From dragsters to touring cars, some of the most popular racing cars offer thrills worldwide. Appealing to racing enthusiasts of many ages, this new series introduces the features of eight Amazing Racing Cars. Detailed photos and straightforward text examine the featured car’s history, parts, and modes of racing. Each book also includes a biographical story about a famous driver who influenced the sport.
Plumes of dust and massive sprays of mud kick up the drama as rally cars zoom through thepages of this volume in the Amazing Racing Cars series (8 titles). The focus is less on the carsthemselves than on the nature of rally racing, from what the courses are like to how scores arecalculated to who organizes the races. As with any book in Creative Education’s Amazing line,this title boasts a clean, pleasing layout, in which dynamic, high-quality photos featureprominently. Abundant white space frames the text (just one short paragraph per double-pagespread), and vocabulary is defined in footnotes. Basic rally car features are described along witha smattering of history and a “Driver Spotlight” on Michèle Mouton. A solid series for young carenthusiasts.
–Julia Smith, Booklist, 04/01/2022
Young learners who love hearing about superfast vehicles will adore this informative series. The books do an excellent job sharing the science of racing cars, like: dragsters produce flames in their wake thanks to the combusting nitromethane and methanol fuel, Formula One cars are designed with aerodynamic bodies to improve tire traction and reduce drag, and extra suspension in off-road and rally cars helps drivers keep control over bumpy terrain. Some of the vehicles are even made with lightweight carbon fiber bodies! Each book ends with a profile of a racing all-star, like Antron Brown, the first African American to win the National Hot Rod Association Top Fuel World Championship, and Mia Chapman, a seven-time kart racing champion. Unique glossary terms are defined on the pages of first mention. Filled with colorful photos and tons of facts, they are accessible and exciting. VERDICT Attractive first purchases.
–School Library Journal, 04/01/2022