Zoom! Zoom!: ­Ready-to-Read Ready-to-Go!

S. & S./Simon Spotlight. (Ready-to-Read). May 2024. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781665951708; pap. $4.99. ISBN 9781665951692.
PreS-Gr 1–Blue Car wants to win a race against Yellow Cab, Red Monster Truck, and Green Convertible. But it’s not easy! Blue Car starts out too slow, and the track is slippery. In the end, Blue Car decides to help out his friends instead of racing to the finish line. The simple text has only a few words per page, and many of the words should be familiar to emerging readers. Rhyming words follow a pattern: “Blue wants to race. Blue is in place.” Color words are introduced at the beginning of the book for reading fluency. The opening pages also highlight the word families, sight words, and "bonus" words, such as “round” and “zoom,” that appear in the book. Parrish’s bright illustrations are highly appealing, especially for young car enthusiasts.
VERDICT Nothing new here, but a great addition to refresh the early reader section.

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