Hot Rod Hamster, Pirate’s Guide to First Grade, How to Raise a Dinosaur, and Holler Loudly Picture Book Party Recap

It’s catch up time on posting from #picturebook party. These books were read on Thursday, March 24.

Hot Rod Hamster!Hot Rod Hamster! by Cynthia Lord
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Great day, grin day, build a car to win day, Cheer day, chase day, gonna have a race day!” A hamster’s out to find a car for the big race at Four Paws Speedway. Several rodents and a bulldog help the hamster put a car into shape. From finding parts to deciding on a paint job, there’s a lot of work to do! Hamster’s been doing all the choosing, but the bulldog gets his pick in too–one that will keep the driver safe.

The repeated question of “Which Would You Choose?” adds a great interactive element for this story as a read-aloud. The cartoon-style pictures really bring this rhyming text to life.

A Pirate's Guide to First GradeA Pirate’s Guide to First Grade by James Preller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The cover sets the tone for this back to school adventure of the pirate persuasion. A red-headed first grader is sitting on top of the school bus with a pirate flag. A bulldog is standing on the bus as well. There are also five pirates and a macaw in shades of sepia with them on the bus. The boy’s words speak of piratey things with hints of them shown in sketches while the true events are in full color.

The pirate dialogue in this book begs to be read aloud. “I remembered ’twas the first day of school. I leaped out of bed, shined me snappers and got dressed double quick. Me mother was soggy with fare-thee-wells, fussing over this, that, and the other thing.” Older readers may have great fun with the pirate’s vocabulary at the back of the book.

The boy’s teacher is pronounced his captain. Captain Silver gives the boy a treasure map, and I love where in school it takes him.

How to Raise a DinosaurHow to Raise a Dinosaur by Natasha Wing
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is filled with chomps and flaps to flip. Someone hungry has bitten off a corner of the title page!

The story begins with the challenge of finding a pet. “Picking the perfect pet can be perpetually perplexing” – Try saying that ten times fast. The narrator of the story quickly bypasses more normal pets such as snakes and gerbils to suggest that dinosaurs are great pets. There’s some step-to-step advice on how to choose, starting with the question of ‘where will the dinosaur live?’ There are supplies to remember and exercise to be had. Ten daily feedings and 5 walks are a must.

The most important trick for a dinosaur to learn? DOWN. Don’t forget your dinosaur veterinary care and its reactions to shots. Most of all, though, remember this admonishment: Give your dinosaur lots of love or it will eat you.

Holler LoudlyHoller Loudly by Cynthia Leitich Smith
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The town gives Holler a great reward, but I am definitely biased. Who wouldn’t want a library statue? #picturebookparty #hollerloudly.
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Points to the book for using the word skedaddle #picturebookparty #hollerloudly

The first sentence well sets the mood for this book: Mama & Daddy Loudly named their baby Holler because he cried so loud. The baby cried so loud “the armadillos work from their naps and the turkey vultures dropped their feathers. No matter what his parents tried, Holler could not hush, could not be quiet.

Holler likes his loud voice and wishes others didn’t mind it, even though he can flatten hair and send giant waves. This tall tale takes on new proportions when a tornado threatens, and Holler puts his talent to good use. The town gives Holler a great reward, but I am definitely biased. Who wouldn’t want a library statue?

I love the old west theme of the pictures and Holler’s exclamations of “Yipee Ti Yi Yo! I love Math!”

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