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3.67  ·  Rating details ·  164 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Start your engines! Time to race Round the corners. Take your place. This wonderful rhythmic text will tickle the funny bones of little readers all around the racecourse. The bright Richard Scarry-esque art adds a multilayered story as twelve mini animals zoom around an obstacle course in their mini vehicles. Follow each animal's setbacks and triumphs on the course as Gira ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury UK
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Kristen
This works because:
1. the rhyme is interesting and spot-on ("Rev your motor, push the pace, build up speed to lead the race")
2. great topic of race cars
3. the art is playful and yummy - rainbow wheels on the wheelchair pushed by a seal, a carrot car driven by a bunny - less cluttered than a Richard Scarry book, but the same fun feel with animals driving species-themed vehicles
4. a couple of sentences per page with large illustrations means a young group will be captivated
5. Mini Racer is a snai
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Julia
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a cute book for PreKindergarten. It's a rhyming romp with many different kinds of animals racing through the countryside. There's a monkey driving a banana, owls racing in a tree log, bunny rabbits in a carrot car. There are some spills and minor crashes, but the triumphant winner makes for a nice surprise ending.

The illustrations are very colorful and the words echo the terrain as they spread across the pages. Be sure to look for the mouse driving the cheese car!
Christy
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
Start your engines! Time to race Round the corners. Take your place. This wonderful rhythmic text will tickle the funny bones of little readers all around the racecourse. The bright Richard Scarry-esque art adds a multilayered story as twelve mini animals zoom around an obstacle course in their mini vehicles. Follow each animal's setbacks and triumphs on the course as
Kristi
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Start your engines! Time to race, round the corners and take your place. Twelve racers line up to race to the finish line in this bouncy rhyming read-along. Kids will love looking at all of the race cars and will have fun finding out who will win in the end. What are the safety frogs doing while the race is going down, around, through and up?
Boni
Sep 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fun, fun book. Kids will love poring over the illustrations (which are busy and awesome) and it's a terrific read-aloud. Wish my boys were 3 years old again- I would have had to read this book a billion times- and enjoyed every one :)
Elisabeth
Mar 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
love books that have a good storyline AND lots to look at on each page. Rhyming text and bright illustrations lends itself to a good story time choice, but the fun details will keep a little one busy if you set it in their lap.
Kathryn
Jul 18, 2011 rated it liked it
This didn't really wow me, but I can see it being a big hit with kids who enjoy race cars and animals. It's fun to see the animals racing around in their quirky little cars (like something from Mario Kart!) and the rhyme scheme is pretty good.
Mason
Jan 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was a good book because it had nice rhymes in and it also had lots of great pictures! It was a very good animal book. It was very good because none of the animals tried very much because they knew they would beat the snail but the snail did try and so he won.

Mason (aged 7)
Connie Klever
Cute illustrations and rhyming text--nice book to use for R2R.
Jenny
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This generation's Richard Scarry? This is a fun, fast-paced book. I'm thinking some little boys will like this one!
Danie P.
Apr 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Cute rhyming, not too long, racing story.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Text and illustrations were fun in this story. Would make an enjoyable read aloud.
Katie
Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Kind of fun. I like how the animals correspond to their racing vehicles. Lots going on and lots to look at in the pictures.
Edward Sullivan
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Fun story, appealing illustrations, great for reading aloud.
Colby Sharp
I could see this being a book that could help bridge the gap between non-fiction and fiction reading in an early reader boy.
jacksonandpeter
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
the boys LOVED this book! They would choose a different racer to be everynight and be so excited to see where they ended up.
It was really fun to see them so entertained by this book.
Kacee Eddinger
A sweet book set to rhymes and featuring a great many animals as they go on a race!
Viviane Elbee
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This humorous rhyming book is perfect for young children who love races, cars and silliness.

The story is pretty simple, but the rhyme has great rhythm so you can chant it out loud.

My kids love analyzing the illustrations on each page.
Laura Salas
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's race time in this picture book reminiscent of Richard Scarry's books from my childhood! Cute rhyming text is nice and short, leaving plenty for the fun illustrations to fill in. "Swerving, sliding, hit the brakes; fender bender, bumps and aches." Luckily, there's an ambulance and a paramedic frog on the scene to help the teddy bear with the bump on her head. There's lots of shenanigans and cheering galore when little snail wins the race!
Sarah
Cute book, and would make a fun read aloud. I did feel a little that the text and the illustrations did not always work together well. They both were nice, but at times I felt like the illustrations didn't really go with the words. They didn't really make the story easier to understand.
:Donna Marie
MINI RACER is a fun read as you race from page to page and giggle along the way. The rhyme and word choice are perfect in the concise, face-paced book. This is a read-again book for sure!
Laura
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun choice for transportation storytimes.
PWRL
Mar 29, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Brenna Call
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
A great boy book! I liked the sing songy rhyme but I didn't really love the pictures. This one was just ok for me.
Nancy Jo Lambert
May 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Will review this one on my blog...
Nicole
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Cute but takes one reading to figure out who the main character is. Once you get the story it would be fun to watch mini racer's competition fall behind.
Wendy Garland
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Brief rhyming text accompanies fun illustrations bound to engage most preschoolers.
Bethe
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute cute cute, reminds me when I used to watch gran prix formula one road course racing. Rhyming text great for read aloud.
Lisa
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Racing fun

I think that most children would enjoy this book. New words associated with racing will be learned. The illustrations are adorable!
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