A manga, colorful, and exciting trilogy where March is the eldest of four children and the only boy. He loves racing and does so every chance he gets, even when it comes to helping his sister out to deliver 200 apple tarts to Mayor Winters!
Geared towards 7-10 year old readers, my six year old absolutely loved it. Many words, he still is unsure of, so he requested that I read it to him. Normally, I do not care for manga-type books, but since I had it downloaded already, I decided to attempt the first book, Fast and the Furriest, which turned out to be much easier of a read than I first thought. It turns out, we both enjoyed reading the stories!
The illustrations are attractive, colorful, and full of action. The dialogue between characters is active and engaging. Throughout the trilogy, it held my six year old’s attention throughout and the illustrations guided him to place images to the words. Fantastically put together, I give March Grand Prix 5 stars!
Fast and the Furriest
In this first story of March Grand Prix, March is frustrated with his “so uncool” family, especially his sisters who keep fighting and his mother who keeps smothering him. After dropping him off at the racetrack, March checks on his friend Hammond, who is working on March’s race car for a race. Hammond knows everything there is to know about a race car. March eyes up his competition, Lemieux, Clarkson, Alfredo, and Lyca. Each of the competition has something quicker, stronger, and better in their own vehicles than what March has.
In a practice run, Lyca manages to sabotage March’s vehicle. Lucky for March, Hammond can fix the vehicle, using parts from March’s “uncool” family’s vehicle. Once the race car is fixed and running, can March beat his competition in the race?
The Baker’s Run
March’s sister April is an entrepreneur who is opening her own bakery. In her grand opening, their Mayor Winters orders 200 apple tarts for his grandson’s birthday. Not only does Hammond find the tarts absolutely delicious, but he’s stuck in the back of April’s delivery van with 200 tarts. And the delivery van runs much slower than March expected, resulting in March losing his mind in it’s extremely low pace.
Needless to say, March begins driving a bit reckless and tarts go flying all over the back of the van. At least whatever Hammond hadn’t eaten yet! Will March, Hammond, and April get the tarts to Mayor Winters? How will Mayor Winters feel about some tarts missing or flipped upside-down?
The Grand Desert Rally
This last story in March Grand Prix is about another race. The racers and their mechanics take a boat to an island where the race is located. After learning all he wonderful new upgrades to his vehicle, March learns that he needs a co-driver, a navigator. When no sense of direction mechanic, Hammond, is his navigator, March quickly learns that they are going in a different direction from the racing pack because Hammond is reading he map upside-down!
When March and Hammond are decidedly lost and unsure of the direction of the race, they find other racers, who point them in the right direction. Hammond insists March stop to help the others from being stuck in deep sand or rocky terrain. In exchange a driver hands March and Hammond handkerchiefs for protection against the sandstorm up ahead.
While stopping to help everyone else, Lyca is racing up front with March’s sister, May, as her co-driver. Obviously upset with his sister for helping the competition, March continues on as quickly as he can. Can March and Hammond win the race even after helping everyone else?
About the books
NetGalley provided me with this complimentary electronic copy of March Grand Prix, by Kean Soo, published by Capstone Young Readers. Paperback copy of this book can be found at about $14 each.