Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!

by Cynthia Lord, Illustrated By Derek Anderson

Scholastic Press
April 2014

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2013008570

Lexile measure: AD490L

DRA: 20

Guided Reading: L

It's Fair Day, and Fearless Franco's famous Monster Truck Mania has come to town. Hot Rod Hamster and his friends are geared up for a roaring, soaring great time, so they set out to find the best ride at the fair. The water boats, spinning teacups, and bumper cars are great, but Hamster can't seem to find the BEST ride. That is, of course, until Fearless Franco needs a last-minute back-up driver for his monster truck. Can Hot Rod Hamster help him out, and still find the best ride of all? In this rollicking new adventure, Hot Rod Hamster proves once again that being small doesn't mean you can't think BIG!
Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Little Quack series by Lauren Thompson as well as the Hot Rod Hamster series by Cynthia Lord. He is also the author and illustrator of Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure and Story County: Here We Come! He writes and paints in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him online at
Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of Rules, a Newbery Honor Book and a Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed Half a Chance, A Handful of Stars, and Because of the Rabbit. She made her picture-book debut with Hot Rod Hamster, which won several awards, including the Parents' Choice Award, and is the author of the Shelter Pet Squad chapter book series. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at


  • Praise for HOT ROD HAMSTER:

    A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
    A Parents' Choice Award Recommended Title
    A Wyoming Buckaroo Award Winner
    A Children's Choice Book Award Finalist
    A Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (Ohio)
    A Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee
    A Goldfinch Award Nominee (Iowa)
    A Magnolia Award Nominee (Mississippi)

    "Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys. . . . Anderson's acrylics are boisterously large, colorful, and off-kilter--just like his swaggering protagonist."--BOOKLIST

    "Newbery Honor author Lord's picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read. . . . Anderson's fluffy, jaunty illustrations are as full of energy as the rhymes. Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy."--KIRKUS REVIEWS


    A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

    "Loud, exaggerated acrylics burst off the pages, and the plump, cuddly characters look like stuffed animals come to life. Children will enjoy the opportunity to participate and make choices throughout the book leading up to Hamster's surprise party."--SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL



Jacketed Hardcover / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545462617

40pp. | 10 x 10