It's time for this year's Going Places contest Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it--and win. Read more...
It's time for this year's Going Places contest Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it--and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build.
Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn't seem to be in a hurry...and that sure doesn't look like anybody else's go-cart
But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there's only one way to cross the finish line?
This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box--both figuratively and literally--is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between.
- ISBN-13: 9781442466081
- ISBN-10: 1442466081
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: March 2014
- Page Count: 40
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.75 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-12-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Although it has the whiff of an inspirational speech, this tale by the Reynolds brothers has enough entertainment value to avoid feeling inspid. Rafael is a dedicated instruction-follower, while his neighbor Maya is the dreamy sort: "She was so intent on watching the bird in front of her, and quickly sketching it, that she didn't even notice Rafael." When their teacher gives the class identical "Going Places" go-cart kits for an upcoming contest, Rafael realizes that collaborating with Maya, who envisions a flying machine instead of a car, might help him to victory. Sure enough, they dominate the contest. While the message about outside-the-box thinking is impossible to miss, the book is also an observation about how opposite temperaments can lead to successful collaborations. Still, Maya is a strong figure; Rafael's view of her over the fence as she experiments with a set of geared wings and pedals is an encouraging vision of the "maker" child who prefers crafting things herself to watching them on a screen. Ages 4–8. Agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Mar.)