Hot Rods

9781626178724. Adamson, Thomas K. Motocross Cycles. ISBN 9781626178755.ea vol: 24p. (Full Throttle). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Bellwether. Aug. 2018. lib. ed. $25.95.
Gr 2–5—Readers who pick up any of the eight books in this electrifying set will be wowed by the up-close, vibrant images of these vehicles in action. In each book, for the most part, one primary photo dominates each spread and serves as the colorful background for an occasional secondary image and the text. While this could have been visually overwhelming, the design works. The text appears in bold white print superimposed on swatches of charcoal gray. Although the images may initially draw readers to the titles, it's the action-packed information about the vehicles—their history, their identifiable parts, the competitions they undertake—that will have students racing to the shelves for the next volume.
VERDICT High-interest nonfiction that will appeal to a wide audience, including students who don't ordinarily enjoy STEM topics. A solid pick for elementary schoolers.

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