Motorbooks is a leader in automotive and motorcycle book publishing. They are a reliable source for historic and up to date information cars and motorcycles and have been for 45 years.
They stay current and are always on the edge of news, publishing 100 books a year. I am one of the most car-ignorant people around and even I have heard of their magazine Motor Trend.
This Christmas, Motorbooks published a line of books specifically for young car fans, called the “First Gear” series. Each book in this series has over 200 exciting color photos and more facts about each car/motorcycle than you can devour in one sitting. But they are written in a way that keeps their interest, doesn’t go over their heads or overwhelm.
I was sent two books to review that I will give to my 9 year old nephew for Christmas. The first was Muscle Cars. It is a thick book and each page is high quality – not printed on thin “magazine-like” paper. It is packed with photos of powerful cars and fun “Did You Know” factoid boxes.
The other one we were sent was about the Chevy Camaro. This was my favorite – I am a huge (albeit uneducated) fan of the Camaro. After devouring this book I am not ignorant any longer! It is divided into easy to browse sections based on year with the 2011 model at the end.
I have noticed that if you have a reluctant reader and give this child a book about something they love, they are more likely to read it. These books are perfect for my 9 year old nephew and I would not be shocked if his 15 year old brother picked it up and browsed the stunning photos too!
Easy to read, engaging, and highly informative, I recommend these books for all children – boys, girls, all ages – that are even mildly interested in cars. They won’t be mildly interested after reading the First Gear series, they will be hooked for life!
I was sent these two books to review. All opinions are mine.