The Princess and the Pit Stop

illus. by Dan Santat. 48p. Abrams. Jul. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419728488. POP
Gr 1–3—Out of the way, Danica Patrick! Princess is coming through! Bombed with bad pit stop news—she's in last place with a mere lap to go—this gutsy gal puts the pedal to the metal, burning rubber, and peeling past a pack of familiar rivals. She catches the Gingerbread Man, "made the Seven Dwarfs grumpy," "beat Jack and Jill down the hill," and just plain "smokes the Three Little Pigs!" Angleberger's nitro-fueled terse text is announced by a goggle-eyed frog called Prince and all is ratcheted up by Santat's brilliant, turbo-charged signature illustrations. The culmination is a whirl of track-donuts and a victory ball. A fun rip for those who have enjoyed Caldecott-winner Santat's illustrations in books like Corey Rosen Schwartz's Ninja Red Riding Hood and Angleberger's "Inspector Flytrap" series.
VERDICT Rev those engines and buckle that seat belt—readers are in for a bumpy ride. A high-octane storytime selection.

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