Mini Racer by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Bridget Strevens-Marzo, Bloomsbury

Mini Racer is a cartoon-fun race with words in rhyme. Twelve animal competitors race around a track with various mishaps.

My two younger children, aged 5 and 3, really like this book. When we read it together the second time, I was interested to see how much detail they had picked up. They liked the different characters and their quirky vehicles and were keen to see which one was disqualified on each page, and why. They seemed very familiar with the characters and what happened to them, as if they’d spent time studying the pictures. They enjoy talking through the book, pointing things out to each other. This book is great fun and, has utterly engaged my children.

Reviewed by Saffia Farr