Kimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book AuthorKimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book Author
Kimiko Kajikawa, Children's Book Author

A Day at the Races with Austin and Kyle Petty

by Kimiko Kajikawa (writing as Evelyn Clarke Mott

Random House, 1993
Ages 5-9
ISBN 0-679-83258-0


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SYNOPSIS

Austin Petty, son of NASCAR stock-car racer Kyle Petty, takes the reader on a tour of the racetrack — from the garage and locker room to the grandstand to watch Kyle compete in a real race. An informative yet simple text and close-up photos take young car-racing enthusiasts straight into the action. Full color throughout. For children 5 - 9 years.

AUTHOR'S NOTES

This was my most difficult book to complete.  I spent months researching and writing the story and an intense week at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC photographing the book.  When I sent the photographs to my editor, I was certain that most of the work was complete.  But after looking at the many interesting garage photographs, she suggested that I include them, change the book's angle, and rewrite the story.  It was difficult for me because I had grown so attached to the original manuscript.  After several months of research and many tough rewrites, I realized that my editor was right.  A Day at the Races had become more visual, interesting, and exciting.  My appreciation for the art of revision increased considerably.

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