The Red Racer by Audrey Wood

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Nona's bicycle is old and worn out. The spokes are bent, the paint is chipped, and the chain falls off at the worst moments. "Clunker, clunker, clunker," the neighborhood kids tease. "Nona's got a junker!"

Nona wants a new bike, and not just any bike -- a Deluxe Red Racer. But her parents don't see why they should buy her a new bike when she already has one. Then Nona has a Wicked Thought:

"What if my old bicycle disappeared?"

Nona's schemes to get rid of her old bike and get a new one build up to a dramatic climax that will leave young readers breathless. This exciting story, illustrated in brilliant color, features a spunky heroine, plenty of humor, and a message that parents and children will appreciate.

 

About Audrey Wood

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Audrey Wood was born in Sarasota Florida. When Wood was two, her family moved to Mexico to study art. Wood and her three sisters were tutored in music, dance, painting, and drama. She decided at a young age that she wanted to create children's picture books. Wood is one of four generations of artists in her family, and the only female artist. Wood began writing children's books seriously when her son was two years old. Her first book, 24 Robbers, was published in 1978. Wood and her husband, Don collaborate on many of Wood's picture books. The first book the two did together was called Moonflute.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Though the high-tech illustrations have ""the nonstop visual assault of a Saturday morning TV ad,"" said PW, ""the story is strong enough to hold its own in the whirlwind of color and pattern."" Ages 4-8.

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With the nonstop visual assault of a Saturday morning TV ad, this spirited romp speaks the language of its young audience.

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