The creator of Miles to Go heads over to the preschool Grand Prix, where a little girl is about to give the boys a run for their money.
It’s race day at the Red Apple School, and Miles and Otto can’t wait. But what’s that fancy Speedster doing here? It belongs to a girl named Indie, and the boys had better get in shape if they want to win the trophy! Soon everyone is off — whish! whoosh! — and Miles takes an early lead. But then Indie is at his side, only to go off the track. Will Miles take his chance for an easy win? Young children will bubble with excitement as they follow the adorable, foot-powered race — and smile at the satisfying ending.
Jamie Harper is the creator of the companion book Miles to Go. She also wrote and illustrated Miss Mingo and the First Day of School, Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill, and Miss Mingo Weathers the Storm, as well as the Baby Bundt books. Jamie Harper lives outside of Boston.
The charm in Harper’s Miles books doesn’t get old—children using their imaginations, directing their own play, and showing empathy and kindness for all. What could be better?
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Without being heavy-handed, the story shows that winning is not the most important thing. Illustrations are done in block prints and mixed-media collage, using watercolor, ink, and cut paper. They vary from spreads to single pages, with onomatopoeia sprinkled here and there. ... The book is easy enough for beginning readers, has pictures large and clear enough for a small read-aloud session, and could be a good discussion starter.
—School Library Journal
The illustrations are done with block prints and mixed-media collage. Each of the eight racers has a unique and expressive face and body, and their enthusiasm is infectious from start to finish line. Race car lovers will have a ball with this one.
The book’s brightly colored mixed media art and dialogue-driven story make it perfect for reading aloud, right down to the big "ERRRRRH!" when Miles slams on the brakes. Such drama!