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Cars    adapted by Ben Smiley, Scott Tilley & Jean-Paul Orpinas order for
by Ben Smiley
Order:  USA  Can
Golden Books, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Lightning McQueen is a 'flashy red race car' with a 'shiny lightning bolt on his side'. McQueen thinks that he is the spiffiest racer. He has lots of fans, and he has only one goal always, that is to win!

The all-important pit crews are constantly quitting because Lightning doesn't treat them very nicely, as he feels that he can do everything on his own. Mack is the transport truck who gets the red winner from race-to-race. But Lightning makes him drive too fast and for too long, and there is an accident.

McQueen gets into 'a heap of trouble' as he spins out of the truck and damages many places in the town of Radiator Springs. He is arrested and towed to a jail, making only one friend, 'a rusty tow truck named Mater', who doesn't know that Lightning is famous.

Adapted by Ben Smiley, with expressive, deep-color illustrations by Jean-Paul Orpinas and Scott Tilley, this book is about treating others well, about forgiveness, acceptance, and friendship. Cars is a winner in any racing-to-read track.

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