Driving Buddies

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Movie retread will only interest Cars fans.

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Positive Messages

Good messages about friendship.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the plot will make little sense to kids who haven't seen the film on which it's based.

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What's the story?

Racing car McQueen is trapped in a small town where he eventually makes friends with other cars.

Is it any good?

Skimpy on plot or characterization, this beginner's book won't mean much to kids who haven't seen Cars. Even parents who saw and liked the film will be hard-pressed to read this book out loud more than once. Even so, kids who are Cars fans will probably like revisiting the story.

Part of the Random House Step Into Reading series, DRIVING BUDDIES is written in large type and short sentences and is accessible to beginning readers. The series is designed for kids who can recognize some words by sight and are ready to try to sound out others. Movie tie-ins aren't known for their inspired illustrations or text, and this short book is no exception. However if you have kids who loved the movie and could use a push toward reading confidence, it might be worth adding to your library.

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  • Families can talk about this book as an extension of the movie. What are your favorite characters? Does this book complement the movie? Which is more engaging?

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