Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla by John Cena, Illustrated by Howard McWilliam


91aU+dUa1NL._AC_UL320_ML3_Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla by John Cena, illustrated by Howard McWilliam. Random House Books, 9781524773540, 2019

Format:  Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Fantasy-Picture Book

What did you like about the book? Young readers will love the vibrant illustrations and automotive energy that winds its way through the latest title of the Elbow Grease series.   Elbow Grease is the smallest monster truck in the derby, but he is determined to find his true talent. With four big brothers who shine their own unique talents in the derby, it is Elbow Grease who helps them strive to be the best they can.  When they learn that the dreaded and powerful Motozilla will be visiting the derby, Elbow Grease is certain there is a way to defeat him. Readers will cheer alongside all the monster trucks as they learn it is teamwork that is just as important as working alone. The full spread illustrations and humorous cartoons make Elbow Grease and Motozilla a lively and fun book for young readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of monster trucks, cars or anything on wheels as well as those looking for a picture book that shares the message of determination and teamwork.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ?  Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Yes- it will be a quick and entertaining read.

Reviewer’s name, library, city and state:  Jennifer Brown, Newbury Elementary School, Newbury, MA

Date of review:  12/18/19

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