Thursday, September 15, 2011

Children's Book Review: The Great Race by Kevin O'Malley

Price: $16.99

Format: Hardcover

Size: 11 x 8.5 in

Pages: 32 pp

Ages: 4-8

Grades: K-3
ISBN-13: 9780802721587
ISBN-10: 0802721583


The Tortoise and the Hare get the O' Malley treatment in this funny retelling of a classic tale.  Nate Tortoise is tired of living in the shadow of Lever Lapin. He can't go anywhere or do anything without hearing about the great exploits of that pesky hare. And Lever's head has grown to match the size of his entourage. It isn't until Nate challenges Lever to a race that this hare is put in his place . . . giving new meaning to the phrase "slow and steady wins the race." Kevin O'Malley fans will cheer all the way to the finish line for this clever twist on the beloved fable.
My Review:

What a great way to share a classic fable, the tortoise and the hare, with you child.  With all the new movies out there that are re-telling classics, it is only fitting to have this classic fable updated for today's audience.  With easy to understand text and a short story, this book is great for young readers to enjoy.  And, Kevin O'Malley adds humor that both children and adults will enjoy.

The illustrations are bright and colorful and go along well with the story.  It is so nice to see updated versions of classics, and share them with my children.  Sometimes it is hard to get our children excited about books and with older classics, they can't relate to them.  But, not to worry with this story.  Children and parents will enjoy this book, which will turn into a family favorite for years to come.

About the Author:

KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Maryland.

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this book in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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