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The Racecar Alphabet - Brian Floca Well, this was an interesting book. I checked it out mainly for my nephew, but once I read the text I thought my niece might enjoy it too. The kids listened to the story, but there wasn't really a whole lot of excitement coming from either one of them.

I think that my nephew would have enjoyed the book a lot more if the pictures had been of modern race cars as opposed to the older style cars. He's been raised on Lightning McQueen, for goodness sake, so anything less than a modern NASCAR style car isn't going to reach out and grab him where he lives. He did like the story, but he wasn't busting his seams with enthusiasm.

I was a little surprised that my niece didn't pick up on the fact that this was an alphabet book, or that the text for each letter included numerous words that started with that letter. This completely went over her head. She is an observant child, so I'm not sure how this slipped past her, but in some ways, that's a good thing. She's not a major ABC book fan, and the text of this was so well written that she was just able to enjoy this as a story. She also heard a lot of new words and asked what they meant, so that's always a plus.

So, The Racecar Alphabet is a pretty decent ABC book. It's well written, full of potentially new vocabulary words, and it can be enjoyed as an ABC book or just as a story. Apparently my niece and nephew need a little more pop and dazzle in their race car books, but it was still worth the read.