"Readers will be eager to get a glimpse of epic cars they may never get a chance to see in real life. The sleek design and light, yet powerful engine give the Acura NSX a race car like feel. The Audi R8 has a carbon fiber body that is ultra lightweight and a rad clear cover over the engine. The BMW I8 has "scissor doors" that swing upward to open and a battery-powered electric motor. Not only can the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera race at incredible speeds, it also boasts carbon ceramic brakes that stop the car quickly without overheating. The price points of many of these cars are so high that buyers can customize them in various ways—GranTurismo buyers can even pick their own interior upholstery stitching color. Infographic-style sections break up the text, providing easy visuals that break down the important details of these powerful cars. - VERDICT Exciting and engaging first purchases."
"Readers with a need for speed will zip through the pages of the books in the Epic Cars series. With their boldly colored, attention-grabbing layouts, these books, which diagram the functions of different high-speed vehicles, will catch the eyes of any kid with a budding interest in cars. BMW i8 lays out the statistics of this 2013 vehicle, which was one of the first sports cars to run on both gas and electricity. DBS Superleggera emphasizes the beautiful design of the famous Aston Martin speedster. Maserati GranTurismo delves into the history of this racecar company and this particular model, which was built for the road. Mercedes AMG GTR breaks down the different parts of this high-speed racer and explains how it became one of the fastest cars Mercedes ever created. While there's not a lot included to help readers differentiate between the different auto models—the general overviews tend to praise the sleek design that allows for both aerodynamic movement and passenger comfort—each dynamically designed volume is highly readable and packed with charts, diagrams, and notated photographs. A full-length "By the Numbers" spread in each book gives readers a fuller, to-scale picture of the size and shape of each vehicle (and its cost), which is especially useful if they're comparing different volumes. A tech-centric series for the car-obsessed kid."
"'McLaren used features from sharks and race cars in the 720S' design.' Hoo boy! That'll accelerate a kid's interest from 0 to 60 in .5 seconds. This supercar is a sleek, insanely fast beauty, with 720 horsepower and a top speed of 212 mph. The 'Design' chapter explains some of the car's most important features—a carbon fiber body, winglike doors, static adaptive headlights, and 35 mouthwatering paint options—through an engaging mix of text, eye-catching photos, and infographic spreads. This combination is standard throughout the book's four chapters, and readers will feel tingles of excitement as they learn how awesome this car is—especially once they hit the stat-filled 'By the Numbers' spread. The Epic Cars series (8 titles) is a thrilling choice for car enthusiasts and high/low collections."