Cynthia Lord offers young readers a rollicking rhythmic race in HOT ROD HAMSTER. I must admit, I fell in love with this NASCAR loving hamster from the cover and followed as he read the sign announcing a hot rod race sponsored by Rust-E-Hydrants at the 4 Paws Speedway. Hamster needs some fast wheels to compete in the race. From the opening lines, there is no doubt in my mind that Hamster will be victorious:
GREAT DAY, GRIN DAY, BUILD A CAR TO WIN DAY,
CHEER DAY, CHASE DAY, GONNA HAVE A RACE DAY!
Rhymed couplets tell one story. Side conversations between hamster and Bulldog and the hard working mice of the junkyard deliver even more.
Princess Pigtoria's castle is in need of repair so off she goes in search of a wealthy prince who might just help her fix up her place in this variant of THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA. There is much more here than a retelling of the story with pigs as main characters. We have a priggish prince, a plucky princes, some pizza, and a wonderful happily ever after ending that is as easy to swallow as the pizza with everythinbg "p" except pepperoni. Pamela Duncan Edwards' version. PRINCESS PIGTORIA AND THE PEA is primed to please even picky people.
While we are talking about consonance and alliteration (well, we weren't really, but they are present in the PIGTORIA book), here is THE PERFECT GIFT by Mary Newell DePalma. Lori the Lorikeet has found a plump berry to take to her Grandma. Unfortunately, she drops it into a lake. Several animals come to her rescue including chipmunk, goose, frog. Unfortunately, their victory is snatched by a croc. How do they escape? What does Grandma end up receiving as her gift?
Finally, every parent will know how this story goes:
Ah, the bedtime ritual. Even though the final resident of the back bedroom is now in high school, there are still delaying tactics except on the days she has marching practice after school. Madison is terminally adorable in ONE MORE HUG FOR MADISON by Caroline Jayne Church. This is bound to become a favorite bedtime read for young kids.