Reviews for Mario Andretti
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2008 Spring
These updated books include behind-the-scenes details that are sure to please racing fans. Andretti profiles the life and career of this racing great; Pit Crew and Stunt Driving reveal the hard work and discipline necessary to make racing look easy. The design is unremarkable and the texts bland, but the books are quite informative. Sidebars and captioned photos of varying quality appear throughout. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Race Car Legends titles: The Pit Crew, Stunt Driving, and Mario Andretti.] Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 1996 August
Gr 6-9 These two series entries aimed at racing aficionados bring some fresh material to a dated area of most libraries. However, the colorful covers raise expectations that are soon deflated by occasionally fuzzy, dark, black-and-white photos and rather bland writing. The outer page margins are extremely wide and the narrow inner margins draw readers' eyes toward the gutter (some photos edge into it). Both titles reveal the drive, endurance, and super-quick reflexes necessary to succeed at this high-speed sport. Both include pages of career statistics, chronologies, and further readings and videos, and are indexed to assist researchers. The Allisons chronicles the racing careers, and little else, of brothers Bobby and Donnie (both forced to retire by severe injuries), and Bobby's sons Davey and Clifford (both killed in racing-related accidents). Mario Andretti includes more personal material as well as career highlights, and is written in a livelier style. Acceptable reading during ESPN commercials for those who thrill to the roar of finely tuned engines and the smell of hot carburetors. Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews