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Finally it's time for Lauretta to get a new wheelchair. But she isn't satisfied with a regular 5- or 10- speed model. Nothing will do but the 92-speed, black, silver and red, dirt bike wheelchair! When Lauretta gets a speeding ticket during her one-day tryout of the super wheels, her parents tell her the wheelchair has to go back. But when her brother has an accident, only Lauretta and her 92-speed, black, silver and red, dirt-bike wheelchair can get him to the hospital in time!
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School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 3-Strong-willed and quick-thinking Lauretta insists on the fastest, most souped-up wheelchair available. While her mother tries to persuade her to choose something a little more sensible, the girl prevails and she gets a 92-speed, dirt-bike model. Her love of speed gets her into some trouble with the police, but in the end, after her brother cuts his finger, she saves the day by whisking him off to the hospital. The watercolor, cartoon artwork conveys Lauretta's adventures and enhances the text. An amusing story with a positive message about young people with disabilities.-G. Alyssa Sadler, Highland Township Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
K^-Gr. 3. It's time for Lauretta to replace her old wheelchair, and she wants one that is fast--the "92-speed, black, silver, and red, dirt-bike wheelchair" model. Reluctantly, her mother agrees. Soon Lauretta is joyfully zooming down the road. Unfortunately, a policeman issues Lauretta a speeding ticket, prompting her parents to rethink the purchase. Then a household calamity necessitates fast transportation, and Lauretta's chair saves the day. Munsch's high-flying fantasy blends humor, hyperbole, and sound effects set down in large print to evoke both silliness and suspense. Lauretta herself is a spunky kid, whose crutches, leg braces, and wheelchair are part of her character, not the focus. The brightly colored, animated art is almost frenetic; it's full of exaggeration and witty details, such as the wheelchair megamart. But what sets this apart, of course, is the story's refreshing, lighthearted approach and its lively, unstoppable protagonist, who, like many kids her age, dreams of going fast, faster, fastest--on a great set of wheels. Shelle Rosenfeld
Horn Book Review
Lauretta's mom has reservations about the new wheelchair her daughter has selected--an expensive, ninety-two-speed dirt-bike model. When Lauretta gets a speeding ticket on her first excursion, her parents decide the chair must go back, but they change their minds when the speedy chair proves useful. The simple, episodic story and colorful, exaggerated cartoon illustrations are corny but energetic. From HORN BOOK Fall 2003, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.