Cynthia Lord is the award-winning author of RULES, a Newbery Honor and Schneider Family Book Award winner, as well as the critically acclaimed TOUCH BLUE. She made her picture book debut with HOT ROD HAMSTER, which won several awards including the Parents' Choice Award, and followed it with the beloved sequel HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER. She lives in Maine with her family. Visit her at www.CynthiaLord.com.
Derek Anderson is the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling illustrator of the Little Quack series by Lauren Thompson as well as HOT ROD HAMSTER and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAMSTER by Cynthia Lord. His original picture book, STORY COUNTY: HERE WE COME!, published in January 2011, was also very well-received. He writes and paints in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visit him at www.DerekAnderson.net.
Praise for Hot Rod Hamster: A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearA Parents' Choice Award Recommended TitleA Wyoming Buckaroo Award WinnerA Children's Choice Book Award FinalistA Buckeye Children's Book Award Nominee (Ohio)A Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee A Goldfinch Award Nominee (Iowa)A Magnolia Award Nominee (Mississippi)Junior racing fans will get a vicarious thrill with this story of a tiny driver who dares to burn rubber with the big boys. . . . Anderson's acrylics are boisterously large, colorful, and off-kilter--just like his swaggering protagonist. -- BooklistNewbery Honor author Lord's picture-book debut is a rollicking, roaring read. . . . Anderson's fluffy, jaunty illustrations are as full of energy as the rhymes. Young car enthusiasts won't be the only ones enamored of this hot-rodding rodent and his big canine buddy. -- Kirkus ReviewsPraise for Happy Birthday, Hamster: A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the YearLoud, exaggerated acrylics burst off the pages, and the plump, cuddly characters look like stuffed animals come to life. Children will enjoy the opportunity to participate and make choices throughout the book leading up to Hamster's surprise party. -- School Library JournalPraise for Hot Rod Hamster: Monster Truck Mania!: Lord and Anderson reteam for a third fun-filled, rhythmic jaunt with Hot Rod and his friends. Returning to what he loves best--things that GO--Anderson's bright-eyed, expressive acrylics extend Lord's enthusiastic rhyming tale to perfection. A treat for Hot Rod fans as well as lovers of trucks and carnival rides. -- Kirkus Reviews